TRATTORIA ATHENA, BRUNSWICK, MAINE
If anybody would like to venture out to Brunswick, Maine there is a little gem of a restaurant that has recently burst on to the scene. Trattoria Athena, located on Mill St. in Brunswick offers traditional Greek/Italian cuisine, with a focus on locally grown/raised ingredients.
I have been there twice, since their opening in late June, and have been blown away both times. The restaurant is a small quaint restaurant which seats about 30 people. The decor consists of photographs from Italy and Greece, a metal sculpture done by a local artist of Italy and Greece, and blackboards with a list of the local farms where they procure a majority of their food from. That evening the restaurant was packed (reservations are recommended), I started with the Bruschette, which there was (3) choices: Tomato, Pesto, and a Mushroom one. I chose the pesto and tomato, and they were fabulous, served on grilled bread. I also ordered one of the specials that night, which was stuffed fried zucchini flowers. The flowers were very lightly battered and the filling was flavorful, but not too heavy. Additionally, I had the Arancini (Fried Risotto Balls); these could be one of the best foods I have ever tasted. The Arancini were filled with Risotto, Fresh Mozzarella, and Prosciutto. For my main dish I ordered the Boar Ragu, which was very good. The boar was succulent. The sauce was not overpowering, but was full of juniper flavor, and the handmade pasta really tied the whole dish together.
The staff was knowledgeable and extremely enjoyable. I look forward to returning to Trattoria Athena on a Sunday afternoon for their family style meal, which I hear is an affordable way to sample the chef’s creativity.