The traditional Greek diet is very Mediterranean, espousing vegetables, herbs, and grains native to the Mediterranean biome. Neighboring Italy and Turkey have left a major impact on Greek cuisine, and there are shared dishes with both of these nations. Being a highly maritime nation, the Greeks incorporate plenty of seafood into their diet. The country is also a major consumer of lamb; beef, pork, and especially chicken are also popular. Olive oil is a staple in Greek cooking, and lemon, onions, garlic and tomatoes are common ingredients. Bread and wine are always served at the dinner table. Consider the following dishes in your food list:grilled octopus and the achinosalata (sea-urchin eggs in lemon and olive oil), moussaka, pastitsio, stifado, spetzofai and paidakia.
Restaurants serving international cuisine have also made a presence in the country, offering various options such as Chinese, French, Italian, and international contemporary.
Wine is most Greeks' drink of choice and coffee is an important part of Greek culture. The most famous indigenous Greek liquor is ouzo , an anise-flavored strong spirit (37. 5%), which is transparent by itself but turns milky white when mixed with water .