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By The Glass



Fotini Pantzia follows her heart and her instinct. When the road of her life took her to the world of wine, she knew it wasn’t random. It was telling her to change direction, leaving journalism and cultural reporting behind to follow on another cultural path; that of wine. From the first day she found herself in the sales of “Boutari”, she was drawn to wine and she decided to dedicate herself to it.

She started dreaming of her own venue, a bar in downtown Athens, where wine would take the lead. In 2012, a difficult year for Athens, she realized her dream, in the spot of her heart, the beautiful Ralli Arcade.

This is how “By The Glass” was born, which with hard work and love, came to be among the 100 best restaurants in Greece, voted for three years in a row “Best Wine Bar Restaurant in Athens” 2017-2018-2019 and was awarded the Best Wine List award in 2017.

Today she is the proud owner of another wine bistrot, Boccanegra on Voukourestiou pedestrian street and that of All Day Italian Restaurant “Cardinale” on Mitropoleos Street, near Athens Cathedral.

Together with her responsibilities as a businesswoman she is a single mother. She has a son, Angelos-Abatou, whom she travelled to Ethiopia to meet.

At the same time, she is actively involved with taking care of the stray dogs of Athens.

Fotini always sees the bright side of life! And it is this light that leads her every choice.


Smiling Chef Kyriaki Fotopoulou came to us with some Santorini breeze and a Michelin aura. She has worked at the restaurant of Domaine Sigalas and at the Michelin starred Funky Gourmet restaurant. With completed studies and degrees in cooking, patisserie and oenology she regularly seasons our menu card with deeply tasty and elegant dishes. She has been drawn to cooking since she was a kid, she experiments, dreams of a Michelin star and considers gastronomy is culture.