NEW YORK – When Rui Cunha and his wife Bessie began Pappous Greek Kitchen in Yorktown Heights, New York the name came easy for him – it was to celebrate his father-in-law Konstantino Giannopoulos, pictured on a wall with his wife.
Giannopoulos spent 35 years in the food business, working his way up from dishwasher to the owner of a Manhattan diner and is still around, at 94 years old and it was from him that Cunha learned how to make a special sangria.
Writing for the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, reporter Jeanne Muchnik said she loves Greek food and even more after eating at Pappous, featured in her regular piece about the best meal she had each week.
The Cunha family, including son Andrew, do whatever it takes to make customers happy, including dietary needs but she didn’t have any problem, digging into the Marcos, which started as a Greek quesadilla with gyro meat and now includes a a popular appetizer or entree.
Family is everything at Pappous and the word is right above the takeout area and Giannopoulos’ name is also inscribed in tile on the wall right with it.