Caffe Greco on Canyon Road is going Greek.

Always a New Mexican eatery, despite the name, since opening in 1994, owners Michael and Rita Linder and new chef and general manager Alexander Cuffee decided a week ago to rebrand as a Greek restaurant, a reflection of Rita Linder's heritage.

“We are going to really be authentic to our name,” said Cuffee, who joined Caffe Greco on April 15 without knowing about the instant cuisine shift. “The change came overnight, literally. We’re going to be all Greek as of Wednesday.”

Caffe Greco will focus on four entrees: lamb shank; lamb or chicken souvlaki; a white fish, likely red snapper or trout; and lamb or chicken gyros.

“I’d like to focus on the lamb shank,” Cuffee said.

The Caffe Greco name came from a trip the Linders took to Italy.

“The name is an homage to a wine bar in Italy,” Cuffee said.

(4) comments

Ed Hardlied

A deliriously convoluted article posing more questions than answers. Long may the restaurant continue its non-linear way! “I’d like to focus on the lamb shank.” So too would I.

Nicholas Lerek

Bravo! Poli kala! Efcheristo poli!

Harvey Wright

My rosebud of decadent hangover meals was a gyro meat breakfast burrito I had at pete's kitchen, an amazing diner in Denver. Always wondered if anyone might try it here. I hear greco had a good breakfast burrito, so I'm just saying...

Tom Hyland

The Caffe Greco in Rome, in business since 1760, is a very interesting place.

Our local Caffe Greco hasn't been around long enough to collect so many illustrious characters, but they're working on it. Serving Greek cuisine is a great idea.

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