Watermelon Gazpacho

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Restaurant:  Olives Greek Taverna, 50 State Street, Shoen Place, Pittsford, NY  (585) 381-3990

Chef: Nick Mourgides

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Tucked in on Shoen Place along the canal in Pittsford, is one of Rochester’s best spots for authentic and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.  Olives Greek Taverna dishes can transport you to the Mediterranean with the flavors of Greece without leaving town.
Traditionally Gazpacho is a summer hot-weather soup, which makes sense. It’s served cold.  You may think it odd to recommend a cold soup in the fall, but this delicious soup is a customer favorite and it remains on the menu through October or when it gets cold due to customer requests long after summer ends, so you are in luck. There’s still plenty of time to go try a cup or a bowl.
I’ve had a love affair with Gazpacho since I first tried it on Martha’s Vineyard at Louis’ Cafe, sadly no longer there.  Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for any versions that compare and have even perfected my own recipe. In short, I am a Gazpacho snob.  
Olives version is a unique twist to the traditional made with the addition of watermelon.  Chef Nick’s inspiration was a popular greek watermelon salad.  Fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and onion are hand chopped, then combined with a puree of watermelon, fresh mint, champagne vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. The result is delicious served with a sprinkle of feta on top.  Hurry and get yourself some of the best Gazpacho I’ve ever had right here in Rochester, NY.  It’s available for both lunch and dinner (but you’ll have to ask for it. It’s not listed on the menu).
– Amy Riposo, A-List Editor
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