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Vasili’s Greek Restaurant in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong | Oct 20, 201111:52 PM

Decidedly mediocre, if tonight’s dinner is the norm. Skordalia looked like plain mashed potatoes with little richness of olive oil, tasted flat and had a bitter aftertaste from underripe garlic. We paid the upcharge for the homemade pita and it was hard, tough, and did not seem fresh or much different than the flatbread sold at Trader Joe’s. Dolmathes were underseasoned and just tasted blank. Spanakopita was soggy and not crispy; the spinach filling had turned gray. Mom had the side order portion of lamb sirloin souvlaki, good thing as the one skewer overcooked to death, chewy, and dried out.

The one highlight and the only reason I’d step inside again would be to taste the Greek meatballs, keftethakia. Four to an appetizer order, $5.50, they’re crusty on the outside, tender-centered, well-spiced, and bathed in oregano-scented dressing.

Beats me why Vasili's was so busy tonight. Our tab came to more than $30 for two of us, and that was ordering very lightly. Do ‘hounds still like this place?

Vasili's Greek Restaurant
1501A Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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