Besides curing hunger pangs, large helpings of food weigh down tables, testing the might of telekinetic waiters with mischievous streaks. Keep eating surfaces earthbound with today’s Groupon to Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café. This Groupon is valid at Pomodoros’ Tunnel Road and Long Shoals Road locations. Choose between two options:
- For $15, you get $35 worth of dinner fare.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of lunch fare.
Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café merges two Mediterranean civilizations’ ancient culinary know-how, receiving a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its efforts. On the dinner menu, gastronomic archaeologists can excavate the four-cheese lasagna’s homemade pasta layers, buried in tomato sauce ($12), or unearth the spiced ground lamb and potato structures of traditional Greek moussaka ($18). Midday munchers can crack open the lunch menu, featuring lamb or chicken gyros nestled in a toasted pita ($8), plus other savory sandwiches. National traditions hold a culinary summit with the greek pizza—available throughout the day—piled with feta cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and red onions that dance a tasty tarantella across tongues ($16–$19).
Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café’s personable owner Tommy Tsiros, the son of an immigrant from the Greek village of Nostimo, sets the venue’s friendly, easygoing tone. Advance planners can ensure their spot by reserving tables online or frantically signaling via semaphore.
Asheville Foodie and The Carolina Epicurean give Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café a favorable review. OpenTable reviewers give the Long Shoals location an average of 4.3 stars and the Tunnel Road location 4.4 stars. Yelpers give Pomodoros on Tunnel Road an average of four stars and TripAdvisors give the same location an average of four owl eyes. Seventy-two percent of Urbanspooners recommend the Pomodoros on Long Shoals Road.
- The aroma takes your senses as soon as the bowl arrives; but wait until you sink your teeth into these mussels, wow! Be sure to ask for extra bread to sop up the sauce, it’s amazing. – Asheville Foodie
Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café
The son of a Greek immigrant from the small village of Nostimo ("delicious" in Greek), Tommy Tsiros spent his youth surrounded by the aromas of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and olive oil—all of the essential ingredients in Greek and Italian cuisines. Tommy’s love for the homestyle dishes of his childhood led him to open his first restaurant, a downtown deli that soon became a popular lunch spot among locals. Though his 10 years at the deli established his reputation for delicious Italian fare, it was not until he left the deli and opened Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café that he was able to follow his true culinary passions.
Those passions are manifest in the dishes Tommy grew up with and that chefs now cook to perfection in his restaurant—dishes that include homemade spaghetti bolognese, grilled wild salmon, and veal piccata. Greek and Italian cultures contribute heavily to Tommy’s vision, and the balance between the two is apparent on the menu as well as in the warm staff and the togas draped across each table. No Mediterranean feast is complete without wine, and the café’s wine list proves its worth with a selection that has won numerous Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence.