Before the invention of the pita, ancient Greeks tested other hummus delivery systems such as giant Trojan horses, marble luges, and imitation-brand chips, but found them all unsatisfactory. Enjoy the tasty benefits of meal modernization with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Greek fare and drinks at Tasso's Modern Greek Cuisine in Naperville.
Tasso's menu expertly meshes the fundamentals of traditional Greek cuisine with modern touches. Head Chef Kostas Anyfantis cut his culinary teeth in his hometown of Athens before earning his chops in Chicago's Greektown scene. In his Naperville incarnation, he addresses feast commencement with appetizers such as a cold dish of taramosalata ($6 during dinner), a mousse prepared with fish roe, lemon and olive oil. Savory shrimp, octopus, mussels, and squid unite inside the light tomato sauce of the best-selling seafood pasta ($20), melding amid garlic, basil, and tangled strands of linguine. Unlike licking a futuristic concept car, the exohiko ($18) allows eaters to traverse the time-taste continuum with its ancient prescription for slowly baking lamb and vegetables together for seven hours. Rolled grape leaves envelop ground meat, rice, herbs, and strained greek yogurt in an order of dolmades ($14). Complement an epicurean evening with selections from the ample wine list, including glasses of imported Greek whites, reds, and roses ($6–$11).
Diners craving midday meze can also find satisfaction inside Tasso’s on its lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, pitas, and pastas.