Pale olive-green walls, olive trees from Greece and olive stencils on the windows: Elia means olive in Greek, and owner Rui Cunha and his brother-in-law, chef Michalaki Sarris, are taking that as a license for creativity in decor at the new Elia Taverna in the Chester Heights section of Eastchester.
There are doors that open to the sidewalk, and soon, custom-made tapestries, too, which will make for a comfortable, inviting place to order a quick gyro sandwich or enjoy a leisurely meal with a whole grilled fish as its centerpiece.
As Cunha puts it “people can dictate what they want to pay when they come in here.” Expect lots of appetizers and small plates, everything from octopus to tzatiki, gyros and souvlaki, and a rotating list of whole fish, including branzino, red snapper, red mullet, dorado, sardines and fangri, a fish Sarris says is from New Zealand.
Sounds delicious. And, get this: Cunha tells me he wants to be the Greek version of The Cookery. Well, all right!
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