Greek wine in San Diego: the amazing Yanni’s Bistro in Poway
Let’s face it: while “America’s Finest City” is known for its beautiful beaches, its great nightlife scene, and the natives’ love of surfing, sport fishing, and other extreme sports, San Diego is not exactly what you would call a renowned fine-dining destination. That’s just one of the reasons that Boutari webmaster Jeremy Parzen (a native San Diegan) was all-the-more surprised to find a hidden gem of a restaurant, Yanni’s Bistro in Poway, an inviting and family-friendly eatery tucked away in an otherwise anonymous Southern California strip mall. Owner Yanni Pihas is the consummate restaurateur, a natural when it comes to warm hospitality… and great food.
Yanni does all the Greek classics and he does them exceedingly well. He also has a smattering of Italian dishes on his menu. But his seafood… aaaaa… his seafood… The mussels in saffron were so fresh and tasty. Yanni makes the most of San Diego’s “fruits of the sea.”
When asked one of the classics of Greek cuisine on his menu not to be missed, Yanni produced a steaming plate of grilled loukaniko (loo-KAHN-ee-koh), the quintessential Greek sausage. Simply delicious…
The pièce de résistance of our meal there was “Cappellini Tourkolimano”: shrimp, tomato, feta, garlic, and basil. The freshness of the seafood combined with Yanni’s deft hand (perfectly al dente cappellini) delivered a truly world-class dining experience.
A natural-born host and consummate restaurateur, Yanni is also an avid wine collector and his wine list includes some fantastic Italian and Californian selections. The affordable pricing extends even to older bottlings of collectible red wines like Xinomavro and Nebbiolo (from Italy).
Yanni’s Bistro and Cellar
12205 Scripps Poway Parkway
Poway, CA 92064
Chapeau bas, Yanni! Looking for the next time we get to dine in your fine establishment!
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