Volume 40

Holy Toledo I: Georgio's Cafe International

Continental Cuisine With A Mediterranean Flair

 

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Downtown Toledo is filled with good, even spectacular, restaurants from Mexican to Asian cuisine. When out on the town, why not do what the Toledoans do—go out for dinner and a show. Have dinner at Georgio’s Cafe International then attend a show at the Valentine Theatre.

Elegant and classy, Georgio’s unpretentious exterior would make you think otherwise, but don’t be fooled, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

Since 1986, two brothers, George and Chris Kamilaris have been serving Toledoans delicious and fresh, Greek inspired cuisine. Their goal was simple—“To create an elegant downtown restaurant that offered a wonderful dining experience at lunch and dinner.” I believe that they have succeeded! Their focus is to classically prepare the very best fresh seafood, superior steaks, and chops including a delicious variety of their mom’s, Maria, homemade Greek specialties like grape leaves, pastitsio, and mousaka. Coming from the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus, all of Chef Georgio’s ingredients are always from all-natural, local farms and produce, even the bread is baked fresh daily.

Once inside, you are greeted by friendly hostesses who will gladly suggest any specialties that Chef George has prepared for the evening as well as pairing wine to compliment your entree. There are ample enough wine selections to satisfy your thirst plus appetizers for when you are really hungry. All of Georgio’s specialties are served with a savoring soup and fresh bread. Their scrumptious appetizer list includes shrimp, escargot, wild mushrooms, octopus, grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice, and the popular haloumi cheese imported from Cyprus.

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When I visited, I had to try the lasagna but Chef George recommended one of his seafood dishes—soft-shell crabs, scallops, or lobster tail. If seafood isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always the delicious beef stroganoff, veal tips, and various pasta dishes to choose from. My lasagna was served with chicken lemon rice soup with a side of vegetables to compliment the lasagna and fresh bread. I may be a little biased here, but it was mouth-watering good with a hint of spiciness! It was all gone in ten minutes tops. If you still have room after all of the flavorsome food, I suggest trying the seven-layer chocolate mousse cake. It is basically heaven!

Georgio’s Cafe International are focused to providing a truly memorable lunch and dinner experience. You will definitely feel at home in Georgio’s. Feel free to view their whole lunch and dinner menu selection at www.georgiostoledo.com. They are open during lunch and dinner hours everyday at 426 North Superior Street in downtown Toledo between Jackson and Adams, adjacent from the beautiful Valentine Theatre. Free valet parking is also available in the evenings. Georgio’s also hosts private parties and provides catering for special events, just call Chris at 419-242-2424. You will not be disappointed!

 

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