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Orzo is small-shaped pasta not unlike barley grains. At the "Andritsaina" traditional pasta workshop located in Andritsena, Ilia, orzo is made even more mouth-watering with the help of local fresh eggs and cow's milk. Make divine Greek giouvetsi one-pot stews combining "Andritsaina" orzo with beef, chicken, country sausage, or lamb. No time for complicated meals? Choose the path of simplicity: Bake it in a tomato sauce laced with aromatic herbs, wed it with mushrooms, or simmer it with cuttlefish and winter's myronia (shepherd's needles) herbs!
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Product History
In the old days, in the villages of Greece, pasta was usually made during the summer, when it was dried out in a natural way and kept in the house cellar in order to be served in the winter. It was considered one of the easiest food to make and a simple solution to feed a large and hungry family. Greek traditional pasta vary depending on the region, shape, size and way of cooking. Plain, with cheese, with some sauce on top, with meat, in soups or even in pies, pasta is a food that everyone enjoys no matter the recipe!
Meet the producer: John Georgakopoulos
John Georgakopoulos

Perched on a slope of Mount Lykaio at an altitude of 760m, historical Andritsena is one of the most scenic villages of Peloponnese's mountain region. It is there that, in 2006, Yannis Georgakopoulos set up his small traditional pasta worshop. Once he had graduated university with a degree in Accounting, Yannis, despite his youth, decided to put Athens behind him and return to his homeland to engage in the area's traditional gastronomy. Today, "Andritsena", his workshop, is ISO-certified, employs 5 people, and prepares delicious homemade pasta based on local recipes and using wholesome, local ingredients such as eggs and milk. Yannis wouldn't have it any other way: "Quality is the best ally," he says.

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Visit the region: Ilia

It is the area where the Olympic Games were born. Right up to this day, the Olympic Games are idolized and are an inspiration to people all over the world. The Prefecture of Elea in the Peloponnese looks like an amazing puzzle; the natural landscape is made up of so many different images. These tell a story of its century-old history. The location and natural wealth of the area all contributed to its development, in both trade and culture. Although it has been inhabited since pre-historic times, it was only during the 8th century B.C. that it flourished, due to the great reputation of the Olympian Sanctuary. Many conquerered this land over the centuries (Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans), right up to its liberation in 1825. The natural landscape is characterized by the many sandy coasts, stunning beaches and most impressive pine forests. There are valleys with rushing streams, wetlands and thermal baths. The picturesque villages, the ancient oak tree forest of Foloi, ancient places of worship and Sanctuaries, as well as Byzantine monasteries, all make up this magnificent area.

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«Kritharaki» traditional orzo pasta from Ilia "Andritsena" 500g

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Product code: 000990 Gross Weight 515g
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Tiny yet mighty: the pasta to look up to for your grand Greek giouvetsi one-pot stews!
Meet the producer: John Georgakopoulos
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