Atitamos is a traditional Greek tavern located in Exarchia, just a few steps away from the national archeological museum.
The restaurant is rather small but the traditionally decorated interiors are delightfully charming.
Open from 12 pm to 1 am, you can eat throughout the day, and the place was actually getting full around 4 pm. There were both locals and tourists eating, which I always find to be a great sign.
The service was both friendly and professional. I believe the place is family run. Our waitress spoke good English.
As we sat down, we received a jug of tap water and fresh bread loaf along with the menu. Don’t worry, this is not one of those tourist restaurants where they charge you for bread & dips you didn’t order…
The menu consists in 2 pages, one for starters and salads, and the other for mains. There are no desserts on the menu, yet you always receive a little something sweet to end your meal. On the house.
There are lots of starters to choose from, as you can see on the picture below. As a vegetarian, I would have been happy ordering a few of those to share and eat like tapas.
The mains are mainly meat platters, kebab, chicken fillets, beef burgers or seafood with grilled octopus and gavros (marinated anchovies).
The waitress tells you about the dish of the day. There were many daily specials to choose from, with a few vegetarian options in there. Soups, pasta & traditional dishes.
We ended up having fried zucchini, Saganaki (grilled cheese) and beef burgers with fries from the menu. I chose the baked eggplant with tomato sauce and feta cheese from the dish of the day. It was absolutely delicious.
I love eggplant and was a little disappointed by the eggplant salad I had the day before at another place but this was easily one of the best meals I had in Athens. The creamy aubergine complemented my grilled cheese «steak» very well, I must say.
I’m told the meat was tender and very tasty aswell.
We were so full we couldn’t finish our fried zucchini and were offered a takeaway bag. We ended up having it as a late snack on our hotel’s balcony. I wasn’t regretting carrying that bag around for the rest of the day anymore !
After asking for the bill, we also received complimentary Raki, a rather strong but traditional digestif to wrap up your meal with.
The bill came to 23 euros for 2 people. To sum things up, we had 2 starters (fried zucchini & grilled cheese) & 2 mains (baked eggplant & beef burgers). Water, bread, dessert and Raki were offered on the house.
Cappuccino fields strongly recommends Atitamos to anyone, whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, and whether you are on a budget or not.
I just couldn’t find anything wrong with this place, and I’m usually good at that: beautiful setting, delicious traditional cuisine, lovely service and very reasonable prices.
I don’t know about you, but I will definitely be back !
Address : Kapodistriou 2, 10677 Athens
Website : www.facebook.com/atitamos/