We've been eagerly awaiting the opening of Remezo Greek Restaurant in northern Cincinnati at the Fields Ertel Exit (#19) on I-71 for months now. Even though this was only their 5th day in business, we took our high expectations and went for dinner. First off - great menu. They have the classics - like Mousaka and Pastichio, leg of lamb, Spanakopita and of course a very good Gyros! They also have Lamb Sliders, many fish options and wood fired pizzas in addition to other items on their thick menu.
We were VERY happy with the Saganaki Flaming Cheese! Lighted on fire table-side in a sizzling black cast iron pan and put out with a squeeze of fresh cut lemon. Delicious! Best cheese we've had outside of Chicago Greektown.
Next up was Spanakopita. A nice piece of Spinach pie with fresh spinach and the right amount of cheese. The phyllo dough was not greasy and nice, fresh and crispy.
Avgolemomo (Greek Egg & Lemon Soup) was tasty... although i've never had it with celery and carrots. The Manager Nikolaos was very nice and told us that this was the way they make Avgoilemono on the Greek Island of Rhoades.
Bread - they bake their own bread on the premises. The Chef was apparently a baker before he was a chef and it shows! The bread was among the best we've ever had in Cincinnati. They know what they are doing...
Pastitio and Mousaka are both served in a large individual baking dish. Both were traditional and quite tasty. Good bachemel sauce on top... the right mix of herbs and good fresh ingredients. Definitely would order again. Price for a dish this laborious was very reasonable at $12 / dish.
The Gyros was very tasty - served on pita with sliced roma tomatoes and Tsaziki sauce that wasn't overly garlicy. It came with a generous side of Greek Fries - thick french fries with some crumbled feta and some parsley. The Gyro meat was very tasty and moist. Not overcooked or greasy.
They offer a selection of Greek wines by the glass... while I thought the food pricing was very reasonable at Remezo, the wine by the glass was a little high for Greek wine.
Oh... there were a few "new restaurant hiccups" - but all forgiveable and the server did a great job of making everything right. We welcome Remezo to the neighborhood and look forward to many more meals there!