A private dinner in a 19th century townhouse on Europe’s oldest street, with ancient ruins beneath your feet.

By Amanda Dardanis

Walking up an Appetite

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

A Private Dinner in a Historic Home

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Before dinner, we get the full house tour. I’m besotted with the medley of black and white photos of Greece in the 1950s and 60s, by the likes of Robert McCabe and Dimitris Harisiades. There’s also an amazing blow-up of our host, aged two, riding a camel in the port of Piraeus.

The knock-out roof-terrace is another high point. Literally. It’s a rare oasis with palm and olive trees, stone mosaics and coloured lights. Oh, and the Parthenon. All lit up under a full moon like it’s dressed for dinner, and so close it appears intent on joining us too.   

“Every morning, rain, hail or shine, this is where I have my coffee,” says our host. “I love having a secret garden in the middle of the city.”
 

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Dining on History

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

What’s the verdict?