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Friday, October 14, 2005


Hellenic Oven and Grill
170 Concord Road, Chelmsford

Convenient, casual and in Chelmsford, near the Carlisle line, what a good combination for a Greek restaurant and pizza place named the Hellenic Oven and Grill.

If you want a great pizza or a sit-down in a relaxed atmosphere with the kids, this new restaurant in the plaza with Vincenzo's Restaurant should fill the bill. I have been there twice: once to have a Greek dinner with Alex and then again to sample their pizza to bring it to a friend's home for lunch.

My first time, early on a weekday evening, I had the Horiatiki, which is an original Greek country salad made with cucumbers, tomato, onions, olives and feta with oil and vinegar to start. Then I ordered the pastitsio ($8.50). Pastitsio is a ground beef and macaroni combination, topped with a creamy Béchamel sauce. It was excellent and proved to be just as good later since it also provided lunch during the week. That evening Alex ordered the roast leg of lamb at $9.75. The lamb was tender and beautifully full-flavored and came with rice or fries. He ordered the rice and again there was enough for another meal. It also came with a small house salad.

A week later I returned to order their pizza. I also ordered the mousaka, a Greek classic layered with ground beef, eggplant and tomato topped with Béchamel sauce. My friend and I both had a bit, but the small pizza with the choice of four toppings ($8.50) and the salad that came with the mousaka proved to be more than enough and indeed we had enough left over for another meal. The pizza was extremely good and for toppings I ordered peppers, onion, eggplant and sausage.

The food is served in plastic take out containers with plastic forks and knives, so don't expect elegance, but do expect to be served with first-class Greek food to take out or enjoy there.

Presently there is no liquor served but you may bring your own.

Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. and closed Sunday.

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