The Opa! Allure

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    Photo courtesy of Taverna Opa Orlando.
    Taverna Opa is the place for breaking plates, dodging confetti-style napkins and sampling tasty dishes like the smash-it-yourself garbanzo beans appetizer.
    If you have not dined here yet, may I suggest you to bump it to the top of your list?
    All of the Taverna Opa pizazz started in March 2003 with the opening of the flagship restaurant in Miami’s ritzy South Beach area. Since then, it has spread to six locations across South Florida. Founder and owner, Peter Tsialiamanis envisioned his restaurant as the embodiment of the Greek Spirit of Opa – a gathering place for guests to celebrate the basic elements of life – good food, drinks and music enjoyed with family and friends. If you’ve experienced Taverna Opa, you would likely agree that Tsialiamanis has hit the bullseye.
    Here is a warning for the timid: You will be encouraged to leave your seat during the meal to jump into the Zorba, the traditional Greek line dane, or dance alongside the belly dancers while a confetti of twirling napkins swirl in the air. No need to be anxious about looking ridiculous because everyone participates at some point, making it an incredible experience worthy of bragging to all of your friends back home! And just when you thought the night was over, Taverna Opa busts out a live DJ spinning a variety of Greek, Spanish and Top 40 Hits.

    Photo courtesy of Taverna Opa Orlando.
    Overall, the cuisine is equally as enjoyable as the dancing. Taverna Opa offers an assortment of traditionally prepared dishes including seafood and prime cuts of lamb, chicken, pork and beef. And for all you veggie lovers, Taverna Opa has you covered with scrumptious vegetable appetizers like the crispy zucchini sprinkled with Kasseri cheese or opt for the sauteed asparagus with chopped tomato, garlic and a splash of wine. I recommend tasting the Tzatziki appetizer, a homemade Greek strained yogurt combined with cucumber, garlic, dill and EVOO; it’s probably one of the most popular Greek ingredients and is full of tangy goodness.
    When you make your plans to head to Taverna Opa for an evening of food and fun, make sure to bring your dancing shoes! And word to the wise, breaking a plate may be fun but each plate cost $5 per bust. So keep your throwing arm at bay after the first plate.
    Tavern Opa
    9101 International Drive, Orlando

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