By Rachel Shuster
Zorba’s Taverna, located at 97 Stafford Street in Worcester, is the prime spot for authentic Greek cuisine. Owned by Nusa Dimopoulos, her husband Christos, and their two sons ~ Phil and Theo ~ Zorba’s is the real deal.
With its first location ~ opened in June of 2005 in Charlton ~ and a location in St. Thomas, Dimopoulos and her family felt the need to spread the delicious love. “We looked for a location for years. We saw this location on Stafford Street was up for auction and decided to go for it,” she says.
The name “Zorba” is a perfect fit as it comes from the character “Zorba the Greek,” a man who loved and embraced living life to the fullest, drinking, and celebrating.
The menu includes Greek cuisine like braised lamb shank, musaca, grape leaves, gyros and souvlaki. Zorba’s also offers dishes like pizza, pastas, pressed sandwiches and soups. “All our dishes are homemade. Nothing is from a can. That goes against everything we believe in,” Dimopoulos says.
The menu consists of family recipes, but several are creations of executive chefs Ethan Kramer (Worcester) and Bruce Shanbaum (Charlton). Prices range from $7-$21. Check out the daily specials, too, as well as the late night menu that has about ten items like salads and sandwiches. There will be a catering menu soon as well.
The full bar offers fun drinks like the Zorbatini and the Painkiller. “The painkiller is like a scorpion bowl but better!” Dimopoulos says with a smile.
Zorba’s is open seven days a week, 11am – 10pm, for the regular menu and 10pm – 12am for the late night menu. Check out www.zorbastaverna.com, Facebook or call 508-796-5828 for more info.