Kouzina has been holding down a rather inconspicuous corner conveniently close to Newton Wellesley Hospital for eight years, and though it’s not the kind of place that gets long, delirious posts, it’s as quietly reliable as you’d want a neighborhood hangout to be. “Cozy restaurant, nice people, and not too expensive,” sums up heypielady. “Nice people, good service, tasty food,” says emilief. The place is owned by Joanna Cognac, who is Greek, and her husband Nelson, who is French, but the menu mainly reflects Joanna’s heritage.

Yeah, yeah, but what about the food? It’s good, kind of a neo-Greek style, with some flourishes on traditional Greek food. Order the avgolemono soup, the lamp sirloin wrap with fries, the pizzas, the lamb shank. The moussaka has “rich flavor, eggplant cooked to perfection,” says mchang. The koulouria, Greek butter cookies, are fresh and great for dessert. The wine list contains interesting Greek wines, too.

The owners are soon to open a new place in Brookline, Cognac, which hounds are eagerly anticipating.

Kouzina [MetroWest]
1649 Beacon Street, Newton
617-558-7677

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