There are two new chefs and a new menu at the Oliv Pit Athenian Grille, the casual dining spot on 18th Street.
Gyros, even vegan. Tzatziki, fava and paprika spread. Wood-grilled octopus with capers and lemon vinaigrette. Pita wraps. Lamb chops or meatballs. Are you hungry yet?
Fifteen starters range from $6 to $13. Salads are $9 to $11. Pita wraps are $9. They come with a choice of veggies or protein and fries. Main courses include a side and three platters serve two or four diners. Five sides include salad, jasmine rice, fries, string beans or lemon potatoes. Four desserts include baklava or course. The menu says its vegetarian, vegan, gluten and paleo friendly. They do takeout and use five delivery services.
The restaurant opened in November 2017 at 6006 SW 18th St. in the Shoppes at Village Point. It’s not big. There are 46 seats along a banquet inside and 55 out back in the renovated plaza. Owner Emmanuel Vlahos, late of Athens, changed business partners and invited the food press for dinner.
Now they even have a wine list. Not a rose fan? We’re not either, but highly recommend Kir-Yianni Akakies, a sparkling rose. Alpha Estate’s Malagouzia and two Sauvignon Blancs were well received.
Highlights of the meal were a very fresh Greek Village Salad, grilled and deboned branzino fish and araka green peas and beef with tomato dill and carrots.
There’s no Greek dancing, but applause broke out when two plates went down for the count.
Hours are 11:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and open to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They’re closed from 3 to 4:30 p.m. daily. Here is the link to the new menu and phone. Look for the What’s Cooking video on Oliv Pit soon on The Boca Voice.
By Marci Shatzman