AXIA Taverna began in 2006 with the vision of Michael F. Parlamis, a longtime
resident of Tenafly. He built the restaurant for his beloved wife, Marge Parlamis,
and named it “Axia” which means “Worthy” in Greek – as he felt her most worthy.
Michael and his son, Alex Parlamis together developed over 700 restaurants
throughout the Metropolitan area. Michael and Alex created AXIA from the
ground up with Alex Parlamis now overseeing operations.
AXIA is now run by the Parlamis Family, Executive Chef Alex Gorant and General
Manager Tim Vlahopoulos.
Tim Vlahopoulos has 30 years of front of the house experience at various fine dining establishments throughout New York City – most notably Auerole, La Cote Basque and Periyali. In addition to running the front of the house for AXIA, Tim is also the in-house wine maven responsible for creating AXIA’s exciting international wine program featuring several rare vintage Greek wines.
A graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute, Alex Gorant has worked restaurant landmarks Liberty House (Executive Chef), Town (Sous Chef), Artisinal (Sous Chef), Le Bernardin, Patroon, Restaurant 44, Windows on the World and Esty Street (NJ). As a Greek-American Alex has always had a place in his heart for the country’s cuisine. In 2006, Alex spent the summer in Athens where he perfected the ingredients and menu of AXIA’s menu. He was accompanied by Diane Kochilas, noted cookbook author and world recognized authority on Greek cuisine.