Families lunch at Aegean Grill. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Families lunch at Aegean Grill. (Dec. 29, 2012) Credit: Heather Walsh

Whether baked in a pan, to be sliced into wedges or made as individual turnovers, spanakopita, or spinach pie, is a Greek classic whose phyllo crust should crack at the touch of a fork. Beneath, you'll find a filling made with chopped spinach and feta and also, perhaps, scallions, onions, dill, parsley and eggs.

Here are three dining spots where spinach pie does Hellenic tradition proud:

AEGEAN GRILL, East Northport

Alex Stathatos makes his spinach pie as individual squares. He uses fresh spinach, dill and scallions, sauteed together in olive oil, mixed with feta and eggs and baked in phyllo dough. The result is irresistible. $5.25


The spanakopita at this Bellmore Greek spot is spot-on. The flaky phyllo turnover crackles beneath the tooth; inside is a bright, grassy filling. $3.95

ZAR CAFE, St. James

This contemporary Mediterranean spot serves a square-shaped spinach pie that's both rich and verdant. $4.95 lunch; $5.50 dinner.

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