In 1959, sponge diver, John “Sfeeka” Koursiotis, landed on the shores of Tarpon Springs from native Kalymnos, Greece to pursue the American dream.
The early years were trying, but John, wife Maria, and their children persevered. In 1978, John’s sponge diving career was cut short by the “bends”; a crippling affliction shared by many divers. It was then his wife, known around town as “Mama”, decided to open The Original Mama Maria’s Greek Cuisine. With over 30 years experience in Greek cuisine, Mama Maria brought home-style cooking to her restaurant.
Locals flocked to her Tarpon Springs Restaurant to taste the style of cuisine that so much reminded them of their own mothers’. To this day Mama Maria continues to use only the freshest ingredients and authentic recipes handed down from her mother and mother before.
The Original Mama Maria’s Greek Cuisine is family owned and operated; adding an even more home-style atmosphere to your dining experience. We hope you will enjoy your meal, and make The Original Mama Maria’s Greek Cuisine your choice for authentic Greek food in Tarpon Springs.
Thanks and God Bless!