I have fond memories of Piu Bellos. I had my first "date" when I was 15 there. It also was the place where I had my 1st date with my now hubby. I was never in love with the food but it's still sad that it moved and is now currently closed. Sigh.
For those reasons, I wanted so much to dislike Agora Taverna (irrational, yes I know:} ). However, stuck in the rain the other day with my mother-in-law we ran for cover and found ourselves having lunch. I must say- I was impressed. Sigh. :}
You are brought grilled pita with hummus covered in bright olive oil. It was very good for greek hummus. (I say that because I'm partial to Middle Eastern hummus with tahini). I had the psarosoupa, a delicate fish broth with halibut. Perfect for spring rain; light but warm. My MIL had the Avgolemono; she enjoyed it. By the way I should warn you that the soup (which comes with the lunch specials) is served in a gigantic bowl as opposed to the more ubiquitous dinky cup:}
We both had salads and again I was impressed. I had the Agora salad which featured arugula, roasted carrots, avocado and crab meat. The crab meat was definitely fresh and this salad was very unique and delicious. My only complaint is that they gave me 3 measly slices of carrots. My MIL's salad was far more impressive though. She had the seafood salad which had grilled vegetables, olives, potatoes and big chunks of seafood; fresh tuna, scallops and a large grilled shrimp.
The best was dessert. Since we were about to have a huge seder meal later that day I didn't order a rich Greek pastry (mmmmm sigh). Instead we got 2 fruit plates. Oy vey. I should have asked how big they are; out comes 2 HUGE platters with strawberries, raspberries, mango, grapes, watermelon and honeydew. In the center was a cup full of freshly made whipped cream. People were oggling our plates. The waitress was nice enough to take one plate away- she said she'd eat it herself.
In summation, I am still irked about my Piu Bello's. However, I would happily return... and I must try the sangria! Although I must wonder what will happen to Corfu which is on the same block and much smaller.
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