Greece brings with it simply prepared food that uses the best of what’s in season – making sure ingredients are always fresh. Greece’s culinary traditions stretch back hundreds of years, while it has also evolved over time, it absorbed a variety of different cultural influences. Many popular and traditional Greek dishes are part of a larger tradition from the Ottoman Empire. The dishes include moussaka, börek, and tzatziki! 


Greek cuisine uses some flavorings relatively more than other Mediterranean dishes. These flavorings include some of our favorites: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill, basil, thyme, and fennel seed. Something unique that Greek recipes include is using sweeter spices in more savory combinations, for example, using cinnamon, whole spice, and cloves in beef stews.


Why Greek Food Is Different Than Other Cuisines

Cooking methods and basic ingredients have changed very little since its creation. Bread, olives, olive oil, and wine constituted the Greek diet for many centuries, and it still does! Greek food is simple yet colorful and incredibly nutritious. Greek food has a reputation for being heart-healthy as well due to the abundance of fish, lean meats, vegetables, herbs, and grains. 


Greece is a nation of small farmers that all produce an incredible array of cheeses, oils, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and many more. These foods form the foundation of the traditional Greek diet. Additionally, Greece’s climate is perfect for olive trees and lemon trees, therefore naturally producing incredible elements to add to all Greece recipes. With 20% of Greece made up of islands, it makes sense that fish and seafood are common in the Greek diet. Lamb and goats are traditional meats of holidays and festivals, but octopus, mussels, and other seafood are served almost every day.


Find Authentic Greek Cuisine in Boston, MA

Greco in Boston, MA provides authentic Greek food to neighborhoods throughout the city and beyond. Although we may not be located in the climate for fresh olive oil, vegetables, lemons, seafood, etc. don’t count us out for authentic Greek food. There’s the American version of Greek food, then there’s true blue Greco. 


You can start with a classic gyro with your choice of fillings and sauces. Or you can enjoy a delicious Greek salad with a side of zucchini crisps. Still not satisfied? No problem. Finish it off with legendary loukoumades, our fresh greek donuts that come in a variety of flavors. At our modern eatery, you’ll experience authentic Greek fare made with the customs and culture of ancient Greek culinary.

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