Bucci’s Greek and Italian Food was established in 2006. Since then we have enjoyed sharing our traditional Greek Cuisine with customers from through out the metro area.
Our philosophy at Bucci’s is... to serve authentic Greek cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Staying true to our old world heritage, Bucci’s menu includes some of the most delicious Greek Fare this side of the Atlantic.
History of Greek Food
“Paraia: a transcendence of the dinner table to include conversation, the view, ambiance and the overall spirit of place” - Lawrence Durrell
This is the essence of Greek cuisine. The ingredients are simple, olive oil, honey, yogurt, fresh fruits, vegetables, lamb and fish. Greek Fare is arguably one of the healthiest diets.
Greeks are credited for being one of the first known cultures to treat food and cuisine as an art form. Archestratos wrote the first cookbook in 330 B.C. He was the first food gourmet and he was Greek. Cooking has always been a priority in the Greek culture. Tall white chef's hats are also derived from Greece. During the middle ages, monks with in the Greek Orthodox monasteries would wear them in an effort to distinguish themselves from the other monks whom wore large black hats.
In 350 B.C Greek cuisine was introduced to influences from Europe and India, when Alexander the Great extended the Greek Empire into both regions. 146 B.C brought Roman influences as Greece was under it’s authority. In 330 A.D the Roman emperor moved the capital of the Roman Empire to Constantinople creating the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire was turned over in 1453 again bringing new influences on the cuisine by way of the Turks.
Much of the ingredients in Modern Greek cuisine were absent until the Middle Ages and included potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, and spinach. These ingredients did not arrive until the discovery of America.
Every invasion had an influence on Greek cuisine and in the history of Greek food. Many of the invaders were Romans, Venetians, Balkans, Turks and Slavs that came in Greece. Lots of names of Greek foods originate from these cultures.
Greek food is rich in history and decadent in taste. Opa!