“To Dixti” A little Fish Place by the Market

IMG_0374When I spent the day wander around Modiano Market I happened up this cute little seafood taverna To Dixti that struck me as authentic and interesting, but I was so full from breakfast there was no way I could sit down and eat more!  So the next day after Neil and I had wondered the city we happened upon it again and decided this time to stay for lunch and we are so glad we did!IMG_0378Like so many places in Greece there is an emphasis on Ouzo which they eat with something that was translated on the menu as “salties”  I had beer and for a saltie we had salted Tuna – it was unctuous, salty and a perfect foil for the bread they provided.IMG_0366For the main course we had a simple tomato and cucumber salad, fried Red Mullet and Seafood Spaghetti.  We were having some confusion over which fish to order, so the waiter brought a plate with the two best fish so we could see how fresh they were and talk about preparation.    Oh and I almost forgot we had Saganaki cheese, no meal is complete in Greece without a plate of this ubiquitous classic. Saganaki is a pan that food is cooked in so I was a bit confused when I first arrived because I always thought it referred specifically to a cheese dish….IMG_0367IMG_0368IMG_0369IMG_0377IMG_0375 Even though we ate at many fine restaurants there was something so charming to be eating here in this alley way off the market under a roof of vines.  All this food plus one beer and a complimentary dessert of crepe filled with vanilla ice cream and covered in chocolate sauce cost 34 Euro.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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4 Responses to “To Dixti” A little Fish Place by the Market

  1. Kurt Brown says:

    I love virtually travelling with you Mark. You make me hungry. We must eat out together when you return!

  2. cbcreates says:

    That turned into a sizable feast! Seafood spaghetti looks interesting. Are pasta dishes pretty common there too? How was the tomato sauce cooked? Long & rich or short & fresh? Neil could pass as a handsome Greek fisherman in that setting!

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Funny people do think he is Greek (well at least when he is in Greece they do). The spaghetti was good, the sauce slow cooked with a touch of sweetness with a very rich shellfish flavor, and no cheese (I’m very white trash in that I think everything is better with parmesan!). Every meal we had in Greece turned into a feast – they give you bread and insist you have a salad and we loved all the cheese so we would add that in plus the fish….and the inevitably a free dessert or after dinner drink. I’m so glad to be home and back at yoga!

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