It’s all Greek to me – Piato Estiatorio on 4th.

by George Froehlich

Greek food has been the same old for eons in Vancouver.

Piato

Piato

But now Piato Estiatorio, located on West Fourth Avenue’s bustling restaurant row in Vancouver, has hit a home run with its approach and techniques.

This modern room with its white walls, sleek tables and chairs reflects the food perfectly.

The Salata Plaka, tiny sweet cherry tomatoes nestled among the mixed crunchy greens, some mint and candied pecans, dressed in a creamy feta vinaigrette. And that extra little touch of mint elevated the salad to memorable.

The Padzaro beet salad was non-traditional, the golden beets were sweet and a bit on the crunchy side, the red beets were earthier with a slightly less sweet taste to them.

Surrounding the beets was peppery arugula with soft creamy rich Manouri cheese with a touch of roasted garlic and topped off with a lemon vinaigrette.

An order of fried zucchini croquettes – Kolokithokeftedes -was disappointing, lacking seasoning.

The grilled octopus was excellent; tender morsels of sweet delicate white meat. The slightly charred taste with some great olive oil and oregano turned a simple peasant dish into something divine.

The share platter with four dishes was a hit.

The meatballs were topped off with a rich and intense tomato sauce the flavours of garlic, onion, cumin and red wine placing this dish in the finger licking good category.

Griddled spinach pie, light and not heavy, and fresh baked three cheese phyllo pie consisting of Feta, Mizithra and Kefalotir and of course the traditional fried calamari, completed this wonderful share platter.

Dessert consisted tiny Greek donuts called – Loukoumades, delicious little golden puffs, drizzled with aromatic honey syrup and sprinkled ground pistachios.

http://www.piato.ca

George Froehlich has more than 35 years media experience abroad and in Canada. He is an avid cook, art collector and world-wide traveler. New York still is his favourite city. For more than two years he has been producing the Savvy Insider, a funky, eclectic newsletter that’s all Metro Vancouver and what makes it one of the great cities of the world. Check out his site, and stay bookmarked to Poivre Media for weekly “edible” anecdotes from George.

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About Lauren Mote

Lauren has been an intricate part of the food industry for many years. Whether it’s behind the bar, in the kitchen, tasting and learning about wine, or sitting with her laptop writing food stories and reviews at the local coffee house, it was clear at an early age that Lauren’s professional and personal life would be completely consumed by the joy and passion of edibles.
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3 Responses to It’s all Greek to me – Piato Estiatorio on 4th.

  1. Cassandra says:

    I love Piato – the grilled calamaria is my favourite. Love trying all the Greek wines. They have Greek as the theme at r.tl right now. Worth checking out as well. Modern Greek too!

  2. To be honest:

    Impressive decor and curb appeal.

    Service lacks.

    Less flashy/higher quality Greek options exist in Vancouver.

  3. I’ll be honest:

    1) great curb appeal

    2) prime location

    3) weak service

    4) unimpressive delivery

    Better Greek options in Vancouver; however, we do wish them well.

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