The Greeks contributed so many ideas to modern society, like theatre, philosophy, democracy, and, most importantly, the belief that once you've invented theatre, philosophy, and democracy, you have the right to do nothing but attend island raves and evade taxes. Now doing something even more awesome than that: The Little Greek Pie Company, opening Friday in Fitzrovia.
During a nostalgic trip to the northwestern region of Epirus, the LGPC's founder decided to pilfer a few family recipes and bring his birthplace's famed pastry-cases to the UK, vending them in a small, white-tiled, bar-stooled space once occupied by none other than Charles Dickens -- making your cries of "more please" as intellectual as they are...fat. Pies (avail whole or by-the-slice) are made by rolling stone-ground spelt into paper-thin multi-layered sheets, which are cut into pizza-like circles, then folded inwards to the centre whilst being crammed with five daily changing fillings like cinnamon-beef, celery & spicy pepper, and chicken, leek, 'shroom & halloumi, a Cypriot cheese made from both goat and sheep's milk (if you can't settle on one milk for your cheese, how can you settle on sovereignty?). Less traditionally, they'll also be gourmandizing their pastry with combos like Italian sausage, bell peppers & spinach, spaghetti, ham & feta, spinach, fennel & mint, and, in the "Christmas Pie", chestnuts, turkey & squash, something the Monopoly and Mergers Commission would love to do to Bernard Matthews.
Dessert-wise, there's old-school Pavlidis dark chocolate, wafers, homebaked cinnamon & spelt biscuits, and even a small pudding pie made from "mastiha", a kind of sweet resin known as the "original chewing gum" -- because as they've proved recently, the Greeks are still very into blowing bubbles.