Arizona is a state with rich spiritual culture, magical sunsets and nature abound.
Perhaps it is the sun that attracts many Greek-Americans to live in Arizona? Or maybe it is the climate that allows you to grow fruit trees such as pomegranate, fig and olive – a must for any Greek family. Whatever the cause, Arizona has become home to a healthy Greek population, with churches, monasteries, restaurants and festivals that all celebrate the rich mediterranean culture.
Where to Eat Good Greek Food:
First off, the easiest way to get your dose of Greek in Arizona is to stop by a Greek restaurant, many of which are family owned.
The greater Phoenix offers many choices from fancy sit-down restaurants and you might even encounter a drive-thru or two.
You should try out Greektown Restaurant Inc at 8519 N 7th St in Phoenix for some authentic Greek dishes or Greekfest at 1940 E Camelback Rd Set 107 in Phoenix (N 20th Street) offers Greek cuisine as well.
If you are in the mood for some food on-the-go or a dinner experience stop by Z’s Greek at 4026 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix where you can eat-in or carry-out.
Visit a Beautiful Greek Monastery:
While in Arizona you have the opportunity to experience something extremely Greek – Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery and the Sacred Grounds that surround the religious site.
The peaceful and natural landscape filled with wildlife in Florence, Arizona where Saint Anthony’s Monastery is situated, is the ideal backdrop for worshipers and the grounds attract many out-of-state visitors as well.
The monastery was first established in the summer of 1995, when six Athonite monks arrived in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona carrying with them the sacred, millennial heritage of the Holy Mountain, Athos in Greece.
They created much of what is found on the extensive grounds that the monastery is known for today, complete with building the first main church, living quarters for the monks, the dining hall, and guest facilities. Eventually a lovely vegetable garden, a small vineyard, citrus orchards, fountains and an olive grove were added as well.
There are festivals celebrating Greek culture all over Arizona year-round. Many of the festivals take place at local Greek Orthodox Churches or on their festival grounds so you get the change to indulge deeply into the culture, religion and food at these events.