Dia Xeiros is a slightly-larger-than-a-hole-in-the-wall souvlaki place right in the centre of the city. At first it caught my attention with its sign reading “pita with fresh vegetables: € 1.60”, complete with a tasty-looking picture of the relevant food item. Always on the lookout for vegetarian-friendly places in Athens as I am, and thank Artemis there’s no shortage of them, one day I was passing by and I decided to try it. I was not disappointed.
Mrs. Despo (pictured), the owner of Dia Xeiros and the lady who made me my vegetable pita, told me that her business is family-run and that everything she serves is made on the spot. She was very friendly and when I ordered my vegetarian pita she even expressed her disappointment that it wasn’t wintertime and there was thus no broader variety of vegetables to include. I wasn’t surprised when just the tomato, french fries/potato chips, lettuce, onion and sauce really tasted like something delicious I’d make at home.
Later, when I returned and this article had already been published, to my amazement, I saw it printed and posted on the wall! Mrs. Despo treated me to another pita that day.
If you’re not vegetarian, Dia Xeiros still has you covered – what kind of souvlaki place would it be if it didn’t? While they do not serve gyros, their pita kalamaki (the skewered meat) goes for € 2 a piece and apparently is very fresh and tasty. Try it and tell me how it compares to other souvlaki places!