Like clockwork, Nick Dimitriou cracks eggs over the griddle while his wife, Marina pushes two slices of bread into the toaster. When the toast pops up, Nick is ready with the butter while Marina slides a few strips of bacon onto the dish.
Nick and Marina work side-by-side in the kitchen of their eatery, Dimitriou's Family Restaurant in Pelham, N.H., an estimated 100 hours a week.
"We love it," Nick said of working in the kitchen. "You get to create, you get to make sure everything tastes good and that people are happy."
It is not the first restaurant venture for the couple, as they owned the now-closed River Road Café in Tewksbury before returning to Greece for a few years. The Dimitrious moved back to Massachusetts four years ago when their three children, who help at the restaurant on weekends, decided to attend UMass Lowell.
The family's Greek heritage is highlighted on the eatery's menu through a variety of traditional Mediterranean dishes. Marina often works long after the 80-seat restaurant closes to stuff cabbage and grape leaves. She also prepares Baklava, Rice Pudding, and Katifi (an almond and walnut pastry) for dessert.
On the stovetop near the griddle, two large vats simmered at Dimitrioiu's on a recent Saturday morning -- one with chowder, another with chicken stock that will later be used in chicken noodle and egg lemon soups. Another pot is filled with 20 pounds of lamb shanks, rubbed with oregano, marinating in a blend of red wine, carrots, and onions, waiting to be braised.
"Everything is homemade," Nick said. "We take pride in it."
Dimitriou's Family Restaurant
125 Bridge St., Pelham, N.H., 603-635-4230, dimitriousrestaurant.com
- Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Parking: The restaurant has its own parking lot
- Menu: Breakfast (daily), lunch and dinner. The menu features a lot of traditional Greek specialties and definitely has something for everyone.
- Price range: Entrees $12-$22
- Atmosphere: Casual, family-friendly
- Try this: Pastichio (Greek lasagna made with hamburger and a béchamel sauce), Stuffed Grape Leaves, Stuffed Cabbage, Baked Lamb, Spanokopita (spinach pie)