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GREAT FOOD, NO COMPROMISE!

2022-04-01 | HOPE TREMBLAY

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That is the motto at Anthony’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in Enfield. Owner Dimitrios Patetsos immigrated here from Greece in 1986 at age 18, bringing with him a love of the traditions of his first home and a commitment to great, fresh food.

Today, Patetsos says America – and Enfield in particular – is his home, but he still honors his Greek traditions with his food.

“It’s in my blood,” he said, but admitted cooking wasn’t his intended career path.

“I studied electrical engineering,” said Patetsos.

“In Greece, I started working at a tavern at a young
age though.”

He received offers to work as an electrical engineer, but he kept going back to his love of cooking. And, he said, he loves it all.

The menu at Anthony’s reflects Patetsos’ love of food and cooking with its varied options, including seafood.

“I love all seafood,” he said. “I grew up on a Greek island and ate a lot of fresh seafood -- it’s my favorite.”

Anthony’s menu is filled with seafood options, from the “extra jumbo” shrimp cocktail to sea scallops, clams, fish entrees and more.

“But we also have the best pizza in town,” Patetsos added.

What sets Anthony’s apart from other restaurants is the freshness of its food.

“Nothing is frozen, not even our burgers” said Patetsos. “We make everything from scratch right here.”

Patetsos starts his day early, preparing everything he may need for the day, including his famous homemade soups and creamy garlic salad dressing.

“Many people have said we should bottle the dressing and sell it, but I said I want people to come in to eat it with my food,” he joked.

Anthony’s Restaurant and Pizzeria not only offers some of the tastes of Greece, but the atmosphere as well. Large paintings of the Greek seaside adorn the walls and a large outdoor seating can accommodate 60 guests. Inside, there is seating for 95 guests and a staff of 28 provides great service and great food.

Patetsos began learning about Greek cooking at home as a child, then in the Greek tavern where he worked as a teenager. Before opening Anthony’s, he managed a pizza restaurant. He opened his own restaurant with help from his wife, Nora, who passed away six years ago. Patetsos opened Anthony’s – named for their son and his father – in May 2021.

As the one-year anniversary of Anthony’s approaches, Patetsos said life is pretty good, although he misses his wife. His son Anthony is in college and has a bright future. Time will tell whether or not he will find his passion in food like his father.

“I’m 80 percent Greek and 20 percent Italian, so it’s in my blood,” Patetsos said.

ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA
74 PALOMBO DRIVE, ENFIELD
OPEN SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY 11AM – 9:30PM
AND 11AM - 10PM THURSDAY-SATURDAY

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