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“Cozy and with impressive wine list”
Review of Cucina Povera - CLOSED

Cucina Povera
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Pangrati
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Hidden (almost) in small alley in Pagrati , Cucina Povera offers a slightly gourmet mix of Greek,French,Italian and Spanish cuisine.A small number of tables in a lightly dimmed space, and a clever glass construction with a/c working as an open space wine cellar, give a nice and cozy touch .The extensive wine list has many good wines, mainly from France and Italy plus some great bottles from small Greek wine producers.Unfortunately there is no sommelier for assistance (?) so prepare to experiment if you want to try a new bottle. The interesting menu is somewhat limited with occasional additions on daily basis.For starters the most impressive dish was definitely the eggplant milfeulle (which IMHO you cannot serve a single piece on 4 persons) ,tasty spinach-like pie and an interesting roasted mushroom based salad. We had great fresh ravioli ,tasty aromatic burgers,juicy mellow beef, and a decent (but slightly dry) chicken roll with smoked ham and cheese.All dishes were tasty with apparently fresh ingredients and good execution. The variety of desserts was typical but surprisingly good , with amazing lemon pie,great profiterole with dark chocolate and great poached pears in syrup with cream.Service was discreet and polite.And last but certainly not least the prices are down to earth. An honest and cozy mainstream gourmet restaurant with no posery attitude.Recommended .

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Tasty food-slightly"gourmet"-and good service.
And a big selection of wines(their "point fort"as said in French),
Worth eating there

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Thank Jacques B
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is the best restaurant value for money that exists in Greece. There is a very high quality in all aspects. The ambience is very nice and the restaurant is internally decorated with a massive floor to wall wine cellar. The chef uses fresh seasonal ingredients and the end result is top quality. He is one of the very few people that will try to source the best ingredients available and has done a lot of work on meat (organic beef, poultry, game etc). The chef can also cater if one has allergies and will mark on the menu what is suitable to eat. One of our friends is gluten intolerant (coeliac) and the chef has accommodated it with great professionalism. It is very typical for staff in a restaurant not to know a lot of things about what they serve but this not the case for this one. Everyone is very attentive and knowledgable on the dishes available. The somelier is an asset as he is responsible for the creation and maintanence of a very top quality wine cellar and has a great passion on wines. This is a place where one can have a lot of decent wines at affordable prices and they are making an effort to bring high quality non touristic wine producers at great prices. I would easily bring friends for a nice dinner to this place, a romantic dinner if you are a couple or family. It is a very baby/child friendly place on a Sunday lunch. To sum it up, there is a massive gap between super expensive top notch restaurants and souvlaki places in Greece. In the between there are very few places that can fill this gap, Cucina povera cuisine and wine selection is top notch quality with very low prices for what you receive. I would definitely recommend it !

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Thank solotsopa
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We had there one of the best meals ever! Everything we ordered was really tasteful, but osso bucco was something extraordinary and I would go again just for that! The food was really great and the pricing very reasonable, what I mean for value for money. The restaurant has a good variety of wines, which they open just to offer you a glass and they even suggest you what suits best with your meal. Apart from the above, very important advantage, the prohibition of smoking inside (there are tables outside for smokers). Although, I am a chocolate lover, they offer a great creme brulee and profiterol with caramel ice cream inside!

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Thank thchris20
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

the second time I visited this place, it was exactly like the first: tasty food, polite waiters, a large selection of wines, nice environment. especially during the summer, it is always nice to be seated outside. I recommend it!

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Thank Pandorama
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