OPA! Who doesn't love heading out to the local Greek restaurant for dinner? Sure you can wait for the yearly Greek fest, but sometimes you want some tasty Greek food more than once a year (hopefully many times a year!).
Enhance Your Experience in a Greek Restaurant
While most Greek places will have everything translated in English, it may be fun to read the Greek words and maybe even throw one or two out to your server.
Taking in the culture of the foods’ location can make you connect with it and even appreciate it more.
Being able to read some of the common words may also give you a way to connect with the food and get more involved in the process. Plus, your Greek server will love you for it!
So go ahead, read some of these, write them down, or bring this up on your mobile phone.
Adding to an air of authenticity, many Greek restaurants use the English spellings for Greek words on their menus. What do they mean? Here are the most commonly used words for the types of foods, dishes, and drinks you might find.
Let's start with the word for "menu." It's katalogos, in Greek: κατάλογος, pronounced kah-TAH-loh-ghohs
Language of Greek Restaurant Menus
The listings below are ordered like this:
- Greek word
- In Greek letters
Little plates of tasty tidbits
Pikilia (or Poikilia)
Assortment (usually of appetizers or mezethes)
Vegetables (generally leafy)
Main Courses, Entrees
Cooked in oil (often vegetarian)