|| Costas Spiliadis
Chef/Owner Estiatorio Milos in NYC
Costas Spiliadis is a native of Patras, a city near the village
of Olympia, in the Peloponnesian region of Greece. It is here that
his love of the sea and Mediterranean lifestyle began. A true adventurer,
Costas decided to attend school in New York and later moved to Montreal
to pursue post-graduate work. Montreal became the fortunate city
where Costas would open his first restaurant, Filoxenia, and his
next one, Milos, which was named after the legendary Greek windmills.
Costas developed a new culinary experience based on open market
and open-grill presentations that far surpassed the standard for
seafood restaurants. Costas has been heralded as a pioneer in bringing
upscale Mediterranean cuisine to North America, dispelling the "Greek
In August 1997, Costas opened Estiatorio Milos in Manhattan, with
the goal to introduce New Yorkers to the sophisticated side of Greek
cuisine. He passionately remarked "I must share this cuisine and
lifestyle with my friends in New York, it is the only way they can
truly experience the freshness of the Mediterranean without getting
on an airplane!" Costas has earned the distinction of being the
first to present Greek Mediterranean cuisine in its true essence
to New York.
Costas is well known in Montreal and New York for his passion for
Greek culture. Montreal's Milos hosts poetry readings, art exhibitions
and musical performances, fulfilling the role of cultural center
as well an ultimate restaurant destination. Costas has lent his
name, establishments and energy to many Montreal charities and benefits
to promote the arts. He is a prominent member of Montreal's Hellenic
community and received the Deka
Award for Hospitality from the Montreal Greek board of trade.
Since Milos' opening in New York, Costas has quickly become a fixture
in the Manhattan restaurant scene, hosting events not only for the
world of Greek culture, but also for the Metropolitan Museum of
Art and the Canadian Consulate.