Since 1994 Ziziki’slocated on Travis has been a suitor for romantic evenings, fine wines and delicious Mediterranean food. It has been cause for affection on first dates then and continues its tradition with cozy tables set in dim lights and subtle service.
Plates filled with Greek favorites entice couples in a space carved out with soft, breezy music languidly filling the crisp Spring air on the patio. Lovely plates of artichoke hummus and a spicy hipiti entice. Panko crusted goat cheese disks lay smiles on faces seen from across its room. Keftedes, Greek lamb meatballs served with a plum tomato sauce, raise a symphony of tidings, and guests are pleased. Continue reading →
Ziziki’s, the popular area place for Greek food has just put three brand new ‘Chef’s Selections’ on its dinner menu – and they are really good. At a recent media event I got to sample them and co-owner (with her husband Costa) Mary Arabatzis even gave me a peek at their significant Greek wine selection.
First of the new triple was Grilled Bronzini ($29), a whole Mediterranean sea bass grilled with a pronounced helping of garlic and served topped with a sauce of chervil, chives and dill. On the side was a mound of slippery orzo ‘risotto’ with the pasta nodules bathed in just enough butter to render forth sweet, creamy flavors. Careful seasoning finished it all off . Chef Costa thoughtfully provides a slice of lemon to squeeze on the fish if you are that way inclined (I was) and there is definitely some of his Sicilian mother’s side speaking through this dish. Continue reading →
The famed Commissary opened by chef John Tesar has closed its doors and in its place will open Meze which will be owned and operated by Costa and Mary Arabatzis. The Arabatzis family also operate Zizikis with several locations fond across Dallas.
The Greek concept will open in September of 2012 in One Arts Plaza, Dallas.
The family sends out word in a press release, “We couldn’t be more excited to be debuting our new concept, Meze, within the One Arts Plaza community. We feel this is a good fit for the business lunch crowd, the perfect spot for a date night or for a pre or post performance bite.”