A corner of Greece has arrived near Arco della Pace. It was a creation from the love that Georgios, the owner, has for his land. In Milan, he made his dream came true: Rebetiko Greek tavern. Georgios was born in Thessaly and arrived in Italy in the late ’70s, after a long experience as a restaurant owner in a Milanese place, Georgios opened Rebetiko, the Greek tavern and a beating heart of tradition and values that boost his love for the cuisine.
The name of the restaurant – from the Hellenic language rebetis, or rebel – is originated from the ancient taverns that animated the suburbs of the cities, where marginalized and rebels, in fact, spent their evenings in the name of food, alcohol and freedom. This freedom is also the protagonist of the rebetika music, the soundtrack Georgios’ childhood.
A small window on the road leads to the entrance to the hall, dominated by a large, bright and colored LED, taken over by a white light chandelier that overhangs the covers. The completely exposed brick walls make the atmosphere rustic and welcoming, recalling the ancient Hellenic taverns in simple materials that are easy to manufacture. To give a touch of familiarity, there are hand-written dedications on the walls by the guests that have appreciated the conviviality and the gastronomic offer that this small family business continues to offer with its service. Don’t be surprised by the vintage photos hanging at the entrance, a vehicle for transmitting the authentic Greece atmosphere, the main theme of this whole place.
The gastronomic experience is presented with a variety of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and delights for every taste, even the most hostile to Greek cuisine. From the most classic pita, to the feta and to the vegetables prepared in numerous and delicious variations, you can also taste the local meat cuts, cooked on the grill at the moment. Don’t miss the desserts, fresh and prepared with love by the kitchen staff. Note of merit to traditional yogurt, accompanied by a local honey or fruit such as sour cherries, figs, quince and walnuts.
Lovers of “good drinks” will find a wide range of products regarding the wine cellar, local and national bottles stocked, and a careful selection of 100% made in Greece liquors. For any advice, the guys in the room and Georgios are always available, and between a smile and a joke, it will not be difficult to find that typical feeling of affection in the taverns, where food became the main union of different life experiences.
For a trip through the Aegean Sea without leaving the city of Milan, Rebetiko is the right destination. A delicious and healthy cuisine that doesn’t renounce the quality of raw materials, highlighting the sparkling and eclectic personality of its owner. Pass by Georgios, you won’t regret!