This week we decided to review Naxos A Greek Island Restaurant in Itasca, IL. Greek cuisine tends to be lighter in fare and more savory than spicy. Greek cousines are known for their wheat , olive oil and wine. Entering the restaurant, we noticed the atomosphere to be bright and welcoming. A traditional Greek atmosphere with a light, modern twist. We went on a Saturday night, the restaurant was quite busy – despite this, the wait to be seated was not very long. Our server gave us the menu with a basket of fresh bread and butter. The bread was crusty with a nice soft middle. It was a tasty appetizer to munch on before our meal got served.
The menu offers a wide variety of dishes: vegetarian, chicken/beef/lamb and seafood – all prepared in a myriad of ways. We decided on the Mousaka (baked eggplant with ground meat and potatoes in a bechamel sauce) and barbeque Lamb with potatoes. The food came out rather quickly, which as a pleasent surprise. The Mousaka was flavorful with several rich, dense layers. The lamb was tender and zesty – and the potatoes were superbly seasoned.
For dessert, we decided on Baklava – a sweet dessert made from filo dough filled with chopped nuts and topped with a simple syrup. It was flaky, crunchy and with just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the savory notes from the nuts. If you are looking to try Greek food with a modern feel, Naxos is definitely worth checking out.