Had lunch with a friend last week at DoDiYo's, where Tria Market used to be in SoHo Square in Homewood. Didn't get to try enough for a full-fledged review, but definitely was enough to make me want to go back and try more.
The menu features not only authentic Greek dishes, but also ones influenced by Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East.
First, they bring little chunks of bread, sort of like a foccacia, with a delicious feta spread. For an appetizer, we shared an order of Spicy Stuffed Peppers “Piperies Me Tyri," which translates to “bull’s horn;” long, spicy green peppers stuffed with feta. They weren't really spicy, but they were delicious. The feta stuffing was not as salty and tangy as you might expect, and the tomato sauce featured whole garlic cloves cooked until they were soft and mild. A couple other appetizers that caught our eye were Greek Meatballs “Keftedes” (lamb meatballs with harissa, a North African hot-pepper paste), a trio of sausages, and tiropita (Greek cheese and phyllo pie).
For our entrees, we both chose from the "Traditional Slow Foods" section, which features dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio, roasted leg of lamb and short ribs. Each was served with a small salad, very pretty with fresh greens and matchstick-cut radishes and carrots.
I was very happy with my Eggplant with Basil and Tomatoes, or “Imam Baldi," a Turkish dish which the menu says translates to "the imam fainted." It's a classic meze of eggplant, garlic and tomatoes sautéed in olive oil and served hot.
My friend had Stuffed Grape Leaves, or Dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef in a lemony avgolemono sauce and served hot. These were large and plump, the filling was very tender, and the flavors were subtle. Unlike some dolmades I've had, flavors such as lemon and cinnamon did not come to the forefront and overwhelm.
Our server recommended the cheesecake for dessert, saying it got raves. It was light and fluffy with a nice lemony flavor, no crust, served with some fresh citrus. I personally prefer my cheesecake more New York style, but that's just me.
There were also cold appetizers, gyros and other sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees such as pasta and fish, and Greek side dishes such as wild greens or peas and artichokes in lemon sauce. And that's just the lunch menu! There's a more extensive dinner menu, PLUS there's a tapas bar in the center of the restaurant with its own yummy offerings.
We didn't even make it into the market area; I think they might want to make it a little more visible from the restaurant otherwise people wouldn't even know it was there.