Chef Maria Loi Blends Personal Touch With Original Approach to Classic Greek Dining
NEW YORK, October 21, 2011 – Maria Loi, cookbook author and one of Greece’s top culinary talents and media entrepreneurs, announces the opening of her newest Greek restaurant and first in New York, Loi. Featuring the rich flavors of authentic Greek cuisine, Loi will bring to life some of Maria Loi’s best and signature dishes, from her great grandmother Loi. The restaurant officially opens on October 21, Friday, in the Upper West Side at 208 West 70th Street (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues).
“Loi will offer an original twist to Greek dining for brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner,” says Maria Loi, who was recently appointed the International Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy for the renowned Chef’s Club of Greece. “The restaurant will share many of the Loi family recipes to traditional Greek dining, which have been passed down from my great grandmother. Loi is about real food, cooked with Greek olive oil and using authentic and fresh ingredients. It is about healthy and delicious dining that brings family and friends together.”
Some of Loi’s signature dishes on the menu include the Moussaka, Maria Loi’s traditional dish made with eggplant, minced meat and cheese béchamel sauce and the Keftedakia, baked meat patties with feta mousse sauce. The Htapodaki Stin Shara (grilled octopus) is served with onions, capers, chickpeas, almonds, fresh herbs and lemon juice. The Psari Se Krousta Alatiou is a dish for two, comprised of hand picked fish fresh from the market, baked in sea salt and accompanied with charred grilled seasonal vegetables. Guests can pair their dishes with a selection of more than 150 wines on the menu.
Loi is “Athenian Style,” and its décor features a white brushed beach wood bar and lounge, and wine caves with large clear glass doors. The highlights in the main dining room are the murals showcasing photos of breathtaking, panoramic views of the Corinthian Gulf and Nafpaktos, taken right outside of Maria Loi’s home in Greece. The restaurant seats 250 people and can accommodate up to 400 guests for private events. Private dining options include – the special chef’s dining room with a view of the kitchen, a wine room and the Mykonos-Santorini room that features a private bar.
The kitchen is open Monday-Friday, 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted. For more information about the restaurant, visit www.restaurantloi.com. For reservations: (212) 875-8600
About Maria Loi
Maria Loi is a Greek chef who, with an innovative spirit and strong desire to explore new frontiers, left her business as a lobbyist to return to her true love - food. She captures audiences of all ages and has huge appeal among the 15 to 50+ demographic. She has authored several cookbooks, such as “Authentic Greek Cuisine,” and was appointed to pen the highly acclaimed “Ancient Dining,” the official book for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Maria co-starred in the PBS cooking show “It’s All Greek,” where she demonstrated her stellar culinary skills alongside with popular award-winning TV chef Joe Ciminera. Prior to moving to the U.S., regularly hosted cooking segments on Greece’s most successful morning show, “OMORFOS KOSMOS TO PROI”– Greek for Beautiful World in the Morning.
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