Zampanó is a cool new bistro and wine bar located on the ground floor of a neoclassical building in Athens’ Theatre District of Psirri. Having opened up only a year ago, its sophisticated and chilled vibe has locals and visitors flocking through its doors each day of the week.
The stunningly renovated building is actually part of the only boutique hostel in Athens- City Circus -and the venue’s stylish fit out features rustic yet vibrant décor- giving it a real edge and eclectic touch. The art-deco design includes Parisian furniture, a copper bar and contemporary lighting, which has been inspired by ‘Zampano’ (the hero from the Federico Fellini movie, La Strada) and makes for a great place to brunch, lunch, dine or a casual catch up for drinks with friends.
The creative elements in the kitchen are always based on fresh, seasonal produce from all around the country and some of the signature dishes on Zampanó’s gourmet menu include Grilled Zucchini with Arugula, Greek orzo “Kritharoto” with slow-cooked beef and grated goat cheese, “Spetsofai” rolls with yogurt-mint sauce and Fava bean purée from Santorini with grilled sardines. And if you wish to satisfy a sweet tooth, you can’t go passed the Lemon Pie with Mastiha Ice Cream or Panna Cotta made with sheep’s yogurt.
If it’s just drinks you are in the mood for- ask the bartender for a Bloody Mary or Mai Tai, otherwise have a quick squiz through their extensive wine list, which includes some amazing Greek reds and whites that are served by the glass.
Oh, and if you happen to be around on a Sunday definitely drop by and check out the special Sunday brunch menu, where you can sit back, chill and listen to some cool live jazz beats from local Athenian band Manouchedrome.