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How to Reach Greece through Balouris Family’s Pittsburgh Diner

If you want a taste and touch of Greece but you're in the Pittsburgh area, head straight for the EVIA Greek restaurant in adjoining Bellevue where owner Chris Balouris says, “our goal is to transport Pittsburghers to a taverna in Greece,” without going there, reported Next Pittsburgh.

It's only been open a few months but this family knows their business, having run a restaurant on the same street from 1957-95, naming their new place from the big Greek island 90 minutes north of Athens.

“We know Greek food,” said Balouris, who grew up in Bellevue. “We travel to Greece every year to visit our relatives, and our trips will help us keep our thumb on the pulse of what’s on the market and bring that influence back to our restaurant,” he said.

The family also owns Salonika Imports in Lawrenceville, which brings in products, including olive oil, olives, feta cheese and pasta, directly from Greece.

The menu features staples of the Mediterranean diet such as dolmades, pastitsio and spanakopita, as well as some family recipes that can’t be found anywhere else in Pittsburgh, the report said, including avgolemono.

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