Colorful Colorado and beyond…
It’s been awhile, I know. Well, I haven’t been anywhere worth writing about lately. It’s cold, and it’s winter, and I was busy playing nursemaid to hubby who had back surgery. But, then it was my birthday…and I got my choice of dinners.
I am Craving Greek, baby.
You may be thinking, where do you get great Greek food in Denver? Two words: Axios Estiatorio.
Located on 39th and Tennyson, Axios Estiatorio is so much more than Gyros wrapped in foil. Oh, they do have Gyros, sans foil. You have to know that hubby’s one and only experience with Greek food was with a Gyros.
Hubby and I both found Axios’ food to be a delightful mix of traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist. The staff was super friendly and quick to educate us on Greek cuisine. The waitstaff was obviously proud of the menu. The decor is modern and trendy without being pretentious.
Opened in fall 2011, Axios Estiatorio is the sister restaurant of Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna in Colorado Springs.
Our Mezze (Starter) was Keftedes Meatballs (Lamb-Tomato Sauce, Kefalotiri Cheese, Pita $9).
These meatballs were served with warm pitas. Hubby ordered an extra order of pitas to finish scooping up the tomato sauce! Although the meatballs were a little spicy for both of us (probably not that spicy for most people), the sauce was excellent. Oh, hubby never had a pita in his life…except on that one Gyros.
It was a tough choice but hubby surprised me when he chose to order the Halibut with salad and potatoes. He has never ordered fish in a restaurant, unless it was fried. Again, excellent and perfectly cooked.
We both agreed that we should return to try the Rabbit Stifado (Braised Rabbit, Rabbit Sausage, Quince, Chipolini Onions, Orange Marmalade, House-Made Pasta, Kefalotiri Cheese $17), and the Lamb Giouvetsi (Slow-Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Tomato Lamb Sauce, Orzo Pasta, Squash, Swiss Chard $24).
I came into Axios with my mouth ready for Spanakopita, I was talked into the Kreopita (Spanakopita’s cousin with Lamb). I am so happy I tried it! It was a perfect combination of spinach, feta, lamb, and Filo pastry.
Although the Baklava was calling my name, we opted for saving desert for birthday pie later in the evening with friends.
So, if you’re in the mood for Greek, looking for some place new to try, or never tried Greek…give Axios Estiatorio a go! You won’t be disappointed.