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Aristo's Greek Restaurant

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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I like most ethnic foods, but I've developed a strong attraction to authentic Greek food. That's why I'm delighted to tell you about the second business in our Greek series: Aristo's Greek Restaurant on 1300 East, near the University of Utah. It has become one of my favorites.

Aristo Boutsikakis makes sure you are greeted and treated like family when you visit his restaurant. The ambiance is comfortable, and the customers all seem to be laughing, talking and enjoying both the surroundings and the food. The restaurant has a homey feel with colorful murals on the walls and large picture windows.

Aristo is proud of his cuisine. He tells me that many of the recipes come from his mother and have been handed down from generation to generation. I can confirm that the food is indeed wonderful. On a recent lunch stop, I had the rotisserie-roasted lamb on pita bread topped with tomatoes, red onions and the traditional tzatski sauce normally used to make gyros. Delicious!

I can't pronounce my favorite dinner entrée. I usually tell my server that I want the half roasted chicken with the red wine, tomatoes and pearl onion sauce on a mound of French fries. She knows what I mean even if I can't use the proper Greek name.

I discovered something special on my last visit. Live Greek music greeted me as I walked in the door, and when I expressed my pleasure over it, I learned it is featured on Thursday and Sunday evenings during the summer months. What a treat! The mood was further enhanced by a barbecue with a lamb on a spit.

I've got to return to Aristo's Greek Restaurant soon. I want to try their Mousaka and seafood kabobs. I have discovered that I have been joined by many patrons of Kingsbury Hall, Pioneer Theatre, Libby Gardner Hall and other University of Utah venues in frequenting Aristo's. The location is ideal for pre- or post-concert performance dining.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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