Did you know the Oliv Pit Athenian Grille, a casual authentic Greek restaurant that opened this past December at the Shoppes at Village Pointe in Boca Raton in December, grills with an unique fuel – olive briquettes made from olive pits? The restaurant says it is the first in the United States to use barbeque briquettes made of olive pits for grilling its meats.
The Oliv Briq briquettes are popular in Greece and in Europe because they are smoke free, chemical free and burn hotter than traditional charcoal. They also burn longer than traditional briquettes, but without the ash. In addition, the briquettes do not contain the carcinogens found in charcoal and don’t flare up during cooking.
Made from charred olive pits, Olive Briq Briquettes (www.olivebriq.com) are produced in Kalamata, Greece, one of the olive oil capitals of the the world. Oliv Pitt Athenian Grille sells bags of the Olive Briq BBQ Briquettes for guests try try at home.
Oliv Pit Athenian Grille is co-owned by Emmanuel Vlahos, an Ohio native and son of Greek immigrants who moved here recently after spending the past 27 years in Athens; and Marcos Alexandridis, a Greek native, raised in Montreal.
Oliv Pit imports most of its ingredients from Greece and sources the fresh produce from local independent suppliers. The premium meats are sourced from Kassos Family Premium Meats in Ohio. Oliv Pit serves imported Greek wine and beer, exclusively.
“We are delighted to bring our fresh, authentic Athenian cuisine to Boca Raton and we have been so pleased with the response that we have received from local guests,” Vlahos said. “We are committed to serving our guests delicious and authentic cuisine and are excited to introduce the concept of grilling with olive pits to the States.”
The 84-seat restaurant features an open kitchen and outdoor seating in both the front of the restaurant and in the back courtyard. It was designed by Greek architect and designer Maria Mergoupi.