The Looking Glass Café in Wrentham may not have the most exotic menu, but owner Christos Kalogeras said keeping it simple helps him to stay successful.
He said he had been a cook at the Looking Glass for two years prior, and has worked in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, working at the Wrentham House of Pizza, Town Pizza and Paisano's Deli for over eight years.
“I’ve been in the business for 20 years and cooking is cooking as far as I’m concerned,” he said.” If it’s pizza, if it's breakfast, I’m pretty experienced to tackle anything, except Chinese, I wouldn’t go that far.”
He added this experience has allowed him to meet just about everyone in the town and has started a real connection with those he has met.
“I know pretty much everybody in town,” he said.
Kalogeras said he started cooking with his mother when he 12, growing up in a town called Agisos on the island of Lesbos in Greece.
“I learned cooking by watching her,” he said. “I employ my own methods, I was into it at a very young age. Now, I know how to cook better than my sisters.”
Kalogeras said the Greek cuisine doesn't usually transfer well to the American palate. He still does some Greek dishes, but very rarely. When he does, he uses his mother's recipes.
“I try to appeal to Americans,” he said. “I found out that if you force them too much on a Greek diet they won’t come. I put my touches here and there but that’s about as far as I go. I try to keep it simple.”
Kalogeras said he took over the business in June of 2012 and has since been keeping the business strong.