12 Days of Giveaways, Brunch, Free, Restaurants
Dec 10, 2010

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 5: Ovelia

Today is the 5th day of We Heart Astoria’s 12 Days of Giveaways.  We hope you’re enjoying all the fun local prizes (it certainly seems so).  To keep the momentum (…)

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Today is the 5th day of We Heart Astoria’s 12 Days of Giveaways.  We hope you’re enjoying all the fun local prizes (it certainly seems so).  To keep the momentum going and help you get ready for the weekend, the 5th prize comes from another one of our restaurant favorites, Ovelia.

What do we heart about Ovelia? There are so many things, including their modern yet warm and friendly atmosphere.  It’s great all year around and in the summer, you’ll notice all the open windows and tons of outdoor seating.  People just linger around, feasting on fantastic Greek dishes that are traditional in their roots but modern in execution.  Think hot and spicy Kafteri dip made of mashed feta and jalapenos, grilled halloumi cheese wrapped in roasted red pepper and prosciutto, creamy homemade mousaka and more!

But aside from fantastic lunch and dinner, Ovelia delivers a superb brunch, during which the restaurant is never empty.  Some of our beloved brunch favorites include Yia-Yia’s Omelette with feta and French fries inside the omelette, stuffed French toast with Greek yogurt and honey, banana whole wheat pancakes, homemade loukaniko sausage and a lot more.  And to give you a taste of it all, today’s giveaway is a brunch for 4!

To enter, tell us about your favorite Greek food (modern, traditional – whatever you like) in the comments portion of this post.  Mine are Greek meatballs, also called keftedes that are wonderful with soft pita and tzatziki.  Make sure to leave your email in the comment so we can contact you if you win this fantastic prize.  You have until next Tuesday, December 14th to enter.

Ovelia – 34-01 30th Avenue, Astoria



This is a dish we discovered while vacationing in Santorini in 2007 – feta cheese wrapped in phyllo, drizzled with honey and sesame seeds on top. It sounded really strange at first, but it is delicious!

Eileen Diskin

It’s not a dish – but tzatziki is one of the greatest things offered in a Greek restaurant. It easily amps up any dish offered!


Saganaki and spanikopita… My mother was Irish but learned to make spanikopita from my grandmother before she passed away.. sooo good.


agnanti’s shrimp giouvetsi has to be my favorite dish on the menu… with the meatballs “from smyrna” coming in a close second. :)


Mmm, so hard to choose. But probably spanikopita. Can’t get enough feta!!!


So hard to pick a favorite, but you can’t have Greek without tzatziki so I guess that’ll have to be it.


I love the lemon potatoes, the kalamata olives, the feta cheese, I can’t chose just one thing because I love the strong, bold flavors of all Greek food- I’ve yet to have something I don’t like!


Oh that’s so easy…loukoumades! The first time I had them at Athens Cafe, I knew I had made a new best friend for life.


I love grilled octopus with a little lemon on top. Some baklava sounds good right about now too.


It’s not really a question of what my favorite Greek dish is, but rather a question of what do I not like? I love taramosalata because it’s a combination of creamy, salty, lemon, fishy-ness that not a lot of people appreciate. I love kafteri for combining spicy peppers with salty feta. And I really love the grilled octopus. I’ve had it at a few places in Astoria, but it really is the best in Astoria, because it has the delicious charcoal taste without an overpowering wine flavor. Did I mention that Ovelia is my favorite restaurant in Astoria? I bring ALL my out-of-town guests there!


I’ve been a gyro devotee for nearly 20 years strong. Also, Greek yogurt with honey always makes me feel better!

Molly McLaughlin

Pastichio is a whirlwind of flavors and spanikopita makes me drool.

Brooke Kelly

I love spanakopita and baklava but honestly, I could just eat warm pita and fresh feta cheese all day and be happy.


Crispy, crumbly spanokopita and a greek salad – I love feta, and kalamata olives.


GALETOBOUREKO (am i writing that correctly?) oh it is so delicious… its one of my cravings now that im pregnant!!


Where do I start?? My mom’s spanokopita is at the top of the list.
Specifically from Ovelia, my favorites are their tiropita toast and homemade sausage!


Some cold, salty taramasalata with lemon, plenty of warm bread and a cold, crisp bottle of white wine from Santorini.

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