5/31-13 - Lunch with Chef Judi - Ilias

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 12:46 pm | Updated: 10:55 pm, Sun May 18, 2014.

Chef owner Ilia Tasho has a master’s degree in yogurt making and his family has been in the restaurant business in Greece and Albania for 100 years, needless to say.

Order the Tzatziki! It is amazing. A Greek combination platter is a wonderful start. Their desserts are sweet with tastes like orange blossom rice pudding and lavender Greek yogurt cake with lical organic honey.

Wait till you try the lamb shanks and grilled octopus.

Ilias is a must visit Simple old country decor and authentic Greek food.

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  • sarasotasunsets posted at 8:48 pm on Tue, Jun 11, 2013.

    sarasotasunsets Posts: 1

    Based on this review I dined at Ilia's tonight. Being Greek I was so excited about this. We ordered dolmades, spanokopita, & fried calamari for appetizers. The domades were the ones that come out of a can. The spanokopita was microwaved! Who does this? The phyllo dough was now mush with no crunchiness that it should have. I asked the waitress about the microwaved dish and she said they don't like to run the oven in the summer. Then close down or take it off the menu! I won't even go into detail on the main course because it will be negative. From a Greek that cooks Greek Ilia's was a huge disappointment and I felt like I threw my money out in the street. Didn't see any octopus dish on the menu either. [sad]

  • dixiebabe posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    dixiebabe Posts: 6

    I like the family history!

  • tony37 posted at 9:44 am on Tue, Jun 4, 2013.

    tony37 Posts: 9

    I don’t like the décor but the food was very good!