2019 Talent

Bill & Tony Darsinos

Co-Owners, GReKo Greet Street Food

The Darsinos cousins were raised in the restaurant business in Middle Tennessee, after their parents migrated from Greece to Nashville in the late 1960s. Today, they are established restaurateurs: Bill owns and operates Southside Grill, the popular neighborhood eatery located in Sugar Valley off Nolensville Road, and Tony revamped the beloved restaurant his father opened in 1969, Gondola House Pizzeria in Hermitage. In June 2017, the first cousins opened GReKo Greek Street Food, Nashville’s first authentic Greek restaurant. The East Nashville eatery offers quality grilled and roasted meats, homemade pita bread and fresh vegetables in a comfortable, casual environment. The menu, inspired by the street side eateries of Athens, includes pork souvlaki, rotisserie chicken and wines from the Nemea region in Greece. With roots in the Nashville restaurant scene that have grown for more than 40 years, and roots in Greece that extend for generations, this collaboration was a natural fit for Bill and Tony who longed for the deliciously simple, traditional cuisine of their heritage.