I'm so glad to live so close to this gem. Great gyros (lamb), moussaka, grape leaves, basically everything I've ordered. Generally we walk up and sit down, so the parking issue isn't a problem for me (though there really is decent street parking in the immediate area). As for the pizza, I grew up in New Bedford which was almost exclusively Greek pizza, and was happy when I moved to college to finally live in a city with other pizza options. It has it fans, but generally Greek style pizza is my least favorite. I avoid it all like the plague, so I don't know if Esperia's is a good version or not. Doesn't matter, as the rest of their menu is so good you can skip the pizza, and hop across the street to Imperial for a slice of Sicilian afterward if you really need it.
Not to bump an old thread, but i tried Esperia for the first time on friday and boy oh boy was it delicious!
I got the pork gyro lunch combo that comes with a side greek salad. It was so tasty. The pork was crispy and tender. They absolutely loaded the meat into the gyro. The salad was a good portion and was nothing special but a nice side dish instead of the usual fries. Came to $11.00 including a soda. A little pricey but will definitely be heading back from time to time.
344 Washington Street, Boston, MA
I believe Esperia is owned by the same family who owned the pizzeria that was there beforehand. I was never at the pizzeria, and have never ordered pizza from Esperia, so I can't comment. For pizza in Brighton I go to Brighton House of Pizza which I think is the best non-gourmet NY style pizza in the area (and very close to my apt. helps).
Esperia is great. They're a family run home style Greek restaurant. The husband and wife are always working behind the counter and typically their son is working the cash register. My girlfriend grew up in Newton and we used to drive out to Farm Grill in Newton, and since Esperia opened we've been going to Esperia. We've stopped at Farm Grill a few times when we've been in Newton, and we both agree that Esperia is better.
The Greek dressing is terrific (it's heavy on the garlic). The Gyros and sides are also terrific. They serve beer and wine if you are eating at the restaurant. They must be doing well because they are now closed on Sundays (including Sunday nights for take-out).
My only real gripe with Esperia is that it's a bit slow, especially if you're getting take-out. Make sure to call ahead, otherwise, if you show-up and order for take-out, expect to wait.
A slight negative is the parking. They share one of the smallest parking lots ever with Dunkin' Donuts, but I've always been able to find somewhere to stop.
It is the same family. There was an article about how they switched over the food. The mother's name is Georgia and she's the cook. Don't know the dad's or their two boys' names. I was impressed with her bechamel and asked about the cooking. She told me, in essence, that Greek food needs to be made by hand in small batches like it's a home. Takes a lot of pride in her food.
Does anyone know how this upscale counter style of restaurant became popular?
I've eaten there many times because it's the best homestyle Greek food in the area. Moussaka, Pastistio - both with a silken bechamel - excellent spinach pie and very good lamb. They don't have octopus. I also go there because of the rotisserie chicken, which is very lemony and herby. I've never had the pizza - they used to be Brighton House of Pizza.
Of the side dishes, the best are spinach rice and the roasted potatoes. The egg-lemon soup is delicious, with a rich lemon tang, though a few times she forgot to thicken it. The bisque is fantastic.
I went today. The pork gyro is indeed excellent. The rotisserie chicken was also excellent. The pizza, however, was terrible. The egg-lemon soup was ok. Aegean in Watertown does a much better avgolemono soup. The restaurant itself has large windows which makes for a very pleasant experience. They have a showcase of hot and cold meze. It was pretty good. We tried the eggplant, tzatziki, hummus and falafel. The eggplant and falafel were particularly good. As we over ordered, there was no room for trying the desserts. :-(