By Matt Keller
A large Greek flag waving in the breeze on Route 7 announces the newest addition to Shelburne’s culinary scene. Taverna Khione, a traditional Greek restaurant, now occupies the space once inhabited by Café Shelburne.
The restaurant is the latest venture of chef and restaurateur Marc Provencher, who trained at Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury, after which he was employed as the co-owner and chef of two upscale Greek restaurants in Maine, his home state.
Taverna Khione is a casual yet refined restaurant with a small, friendly staff and cozy dining area. As Provencher personally cooks each meal, and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful, in a low-key, non-fussy way. The menu features traditional fare such as lamb, goat, skorthalia, a Greek potato and garlic dip, octopus, and baklava. The menu provides a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Early bestsellers have included the Feta Saganaki, a pistachio crusted, pan-fried, feta, topped with honey, and the Arni, traditional Greek lamb chops with skorthalia and spinach. With appetizers ranging from $3 to $14 and entrees $18 to $26, discerning patrons can rest assured that they will enjoy a great meal for a reasonable price.
Taverna Khione’s bar features local draft beers including Fiddlehead as well as a few bottled Greek beers, but wine is the real star. Provencher’s establishment hosts a selection of over 40 different Greek wines. A few reds and whites are offered by the glass, and most wines are available by the bottle. Personally selected by Provencher, the wine list is impressive and curated with the present menu in mind. Not sure what to order with your goat? The wait staff is happy to recommend glass and bottle pours for each dish on the menu, and on Wednesday, June 17, Provencher has planned a pre fixe wine-pairing meal to introduce the wine list to the community.
Taverna Khione is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5-10pm. Reservations are encouraged, especially Friday and Saturday evenings, by calling (802) 985-2137.
For more information, visit www.tavernakhione.com.