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Family trip to Greece results in Katina’s of Kenai

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2006


  Tina, Elainnah, and George Lagoutaris ready to offer you authentic Greek & Italian cuisine at their family owned and operated Katina's restaurant in Kenai.

Tina, Elainnah, and George Lagoutaris ready to offer you authentic Greek & Italian cuisine at their family owned and operated Katina's restaurant in Kenai.

The Lagoutaris family has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for a long time. George came to Alaska some 28 years ago and along with his wife Tina has raised his family here on the Kenai Peninsula. Four years ago George and Tina with their children Louie, John, Katina, and Elainnah, returned to the roots of the Lagoutaris family on the third largest Greek Island of Lesvos. It was a trip filled with many interesting experiences, and when the family returned to Kenai they decided to open their own Greek and Italian style family restaurant. The former Italian Gardens across from Kenai Electric and next to the Salvation Army Store had stood empty for many years, so the family decided that would be a good location to start the family enterprise.

The interior of the building was completely renovated and remodeled by the Lagoutarisis’s, “Everything here is hand made, the new booths we actually made in our living room. My son is an art student and has made the wall hanging and decorations so almost everything here except for the growing plants we made ourselves,” said Tina. When they were choosing a name for their restaurant Tina says they started going down the list of their children’s names, “Louie’s or John’s didn’t seem to work so when we came to the name of my oldest daughter Katina, that seemed to fit the best, so Katina’s became the name of our restaurant.” George has been a professional chef for many years at many popular restaurants in Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski, and now the whole family works together, “We work together, live together, sleep together and fight together,” laughed Tina, “My daughter Elainnah waitresses and helps with dishes, my son John comes in and waits tables, Louie comes down from college and takes care of the marketing and advertising, printing the menu’s and telling us what’s popular, and we all help with the cooking because everything we make is from scratch, so yeah it’s a real Greek family restaurant,” said Tina.

Katina’s has become the spot in town for pizza, “The favorite is our pizza, it’s homemade, hand tossed, dough and cooked on the stone ovens which gives it that unique flavor. The Greek Gyro and Pastitsio are also very popular, George makes everything from scratch and the noodles are imported from Greece so it’s very authentic,” added Tina. Katina’s also features a fine selection beer and wine and is open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 10:00pm for family dinning. Take out orders are available by calling 283-4403.


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