Restaurant Profile: Linardos Villa, Springfield

Restaurant: Linardos Villa

Location: 2230 East Main St., Springfield

Contact: www.linardosvilla.com or “Like” them on Facebook.

Telephone: (937) 323-3011

Background/Overview: “The family atmosphere, everything is house-made, and it’s a local business,” said Chef John Linardos Jr. in describing the restaurant his father made familiar more than 43 years ago at Linardos Villa.

The business opened as Shultz’s Fine Food in1945. It later became Ungerleider Supper Club. John Linardos Sr. opened his restaurant in the space in 1971, and kept the well-known Supper Club name for quite a few years until he changed the title to Linardos Villa.

Family unity and fresh food are two inspiring reasons for the longevity of the Springfield restaurant, according to the owners. Mrs. Linardos helps out wherever needed, Harry Linardos controls the “front-of-house,” and his father often helps the chef organize the fresh Mediterranean-American cuisine in the kitchen.

The Menu

Beverages: Water is served free to all. Columbian Coffee or Pepsi products - $2. The full bar has a large wine stock, with selections posted on each dining table. House Wines - $4.50/$6.75/$10.95.

Children’s Menu: Customized to suit any child’s taste buds.

“Chef’s Daily Special” (could be): Hamburger Plate w/side salad & freshly made potato chips - $6.95; Omelet w/toast & side - $7.25 to $8.95.

“Soup-of-the-Day” (could be): Bean Soup w/Ham-$1.50/$2.25. Avgolemeno Soup (Greek soup w/rice in a creamy lemon broth)-$2.50/$3.50. French Onion Soup - $2.50/$3.50. Chili w/beans-$2.50/$3.

Salads: Village Salad (a traditional Greek salad of tomatoes, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, and onion) - $5.95; Chicken Breast Salad - $8.95; American Salad (lettuce w/ham, turkey, cheese, tomato, egg, and onion) - $9.95.

Appetizers: Onion Rings-$4.95; Buffalo Strips-$6.95; Escargot-$8.95; Oysters on the Half Shell - $10.95.

Lunch: Gyro - $5.95; Fish Sandwich - $6.95; “Big John” (ham, beef, & cheese double-decker) - $7.95.

Pasta: Ravioli - $13.95; Neptune’s Delight (shrimp, scallops, cod, & mushrooms over fettuccini) - $17.95.

Dinner: Beef Liver And Onions - $8.95; Pork Schnitzel - $13.95; Linardos Lasagna - $14.95; Moussaka (eggplant w/ground beef & cheese in cream sauce) - $14.95; Choice New York Strip Steak (8 oz.) - $16.95; Walleyed Pike - $18.95.

Desserts: Some specialties are the house-made Baklava, other Greek pastries, and Cheesecakes. Kentucky Pie, Pecan Pie, or Snicker Pie - $4.95.

Hours:

Lunch — Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m; Dinner — Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Open New Year’s Eve until 10 p.m.

More Information:

There’s seating for 170 guests, with adequate maneuverability throughout the restaurant. A private room for special events holds 65 visitors, with the dining areas adjoined by the full bar section.

“Golden Buckeye Card” and WOSU Member Card discounts gladly apply. Entertainment Book coupon and Prestige Dining Club membership honored. All patrons are eagerly encouraged to bring your Kali Orexi (“Kah-lee Or-ex-ee”), meaning a Good Appetite!

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