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Native name
FounderSarkis Arapian
Number of locations
41 Evripidou Street
Productspastourma and soutzouki
OwnerFanis Theodoropoulos

Arapian (Greek: Αραπιάν) is a famed pastourma and soutzouki charcuterie business and market in Athens, Greece.[1][2][3][4][5] The market has been in operation since 1935.[3] Arapian, as well as its neighbour Miran Pastourma, are considered two of the historical establishments of Athens.[6]


The company was founded in 1935 by Sarkis Arapian, an Armenian refugee who escaped his native Kayseri during the Asia Minor Catastrophe.[1][4][6][7] He eventually managed to settle in Athens, Greece and opened a pastourma and soutzouki charcuterie on 41 Euripidou Street. In 1965, Sarkis Arapian appointed Dimitris Theodoropoulos as his business partner. The shop is currently in its third generation of management, as it remains in the hands of the Theodoropoulos family, which is now managed by Dimitris's son Fanis.[1][8] The size of the shop is currently 15 m2.[1]

Under the management of Fanis Theodoropoulos, the company has moved its production facilities in Prosotsani, Drama beneath the Falakro mountains in order to be surrounded by a more natural environment.[3]

In an interview with Kathimerini, Fanis Theodoropoulos mentions that he tries to design new products for the younger generation and also introduce them to the traditional products that their parents consumed.[9]


Arapian exterior detail

I Kathimerini praises Arapian for the quality products and good service. The paper describes the company's produce as excellent snacks for connoisseurs and also mentions that Arapian uses no preservatives for its products.[10] A Christmas article from the paper titled "The ritual of pastourmas" mentions that Arapian's pastourma is a sine qua non for a Christmas table and that the annual "pilgrimage" to the store is on their agenda, remarking on Arapian's old-recipe pastourma, cut in thin, almost transparent slices with or without fat.[11]

Lifo magazine praises the quality of the Arapian products and the care for selecting the ingredients and meat which come from various locations in Greece. The variety and flavour of the products is also praised as "reminiscent of another era" which are guaranteed to please the consumer.[12] Lifo marks out both Arapian and Miran Pastourma as the market's best sources for such speciality meats.[13] Lifo's Νiki Mitarea calls green-pea soup with Arapian's sausage and fried egg, served at restaurants in Athens, a "classic dish".[14] Gastronomos online calls the same dish a "tasty dynamite for gourmets".[15]

According to an article by Athens Voice, Arapian is famous for its Eastern delicacies. The article finds the aged cheese of Xanthi, sold at Arapian's, to be at the top of the taste scale and makes similar evaluations for the pastourma, goat sausage, soutzouki and kavourma. It is also mentioned that Fanis Theodoropoulos provides his customers with gourmet-related advice.[9][16] Arapian's offers free tasting of food samples of their products. Athens Voice ranks Arapian's tasting service as the best in Athens and its readers are advised to "consume responsibly".[17]

Arapian's louza or loutza, a kind of sausage made of pork sirloin found in the Cyclades and also Cyprus, and apaki smoked sausage made of pork marinated in vinegar and a traditional Cretan sausage, are on the list of recommended products by Kathimerini.[18]

Internationally, Arapian's store is featured in Jamie Oliver's cookbook Jamie does... Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, France where the Naked chef is seen, in a two-page spread, posing in front of the store.[1]


Arapian currently serves the following products:[1][10][11][12][19][20][21]

  • Petalo (horseshoe) soutzouki
  • Kaftero soutzouki (hot spicy)
  • Boiled soutzouki.
  • Rahi Pastourma
  • Soutzouki Karamandlika
  • Leg Pastourma
  • Corfu noumboulo of Venetian origin made by the Corfiote charcuterie.[21]
  • Greek and foreign salami
  • Louza from Tinos
  • Bison meat
  • Kavourmas
  • Handmade cured meat from Drama, Greece
  • Istanbul soutzouki cured in air
  • Old caseri cheese from Xanthi
  • Kayseri pastourma pie
  • Kavourmas chasapaki (little butcher) from Serres
  • Cheese in oil from Zakynthos
  • Pastourmadela (a combination of pastourma and mortadella)
  • Apaki smoked sausage marinated in vinegar


  • 2010-2011 Award of Distinction from Gourmet magazine[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Varvaritis-Tourikis, Helen (7 Aug 2011). "A cut above the rest". Athens News. Retrieved 7 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
    See also alternative link

    and alternative link from the Internet Archive
  2. ^ "Arapian Cold Cuts". GlobalMarket. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "ARAPIAN COLD CUTS". Greek Companies Online. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b Pappa, Maria. Μπόχα και απόλαυση. Ough Online (in Greek). Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  5. ^ Rentoulas, Angel (2011-09-21). "Arapian" (in Greek). Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b (in Greek) Το αλλαντικό των μερακλήδων Δύο αρμένικες οικογένειες διατηρούν την παράδοση στον παστουρμά Ρεπορτάζ: Θόδωρος Νικολάου Publication date: Τρίτη 21 Ιουλίου 2009 quote: "Arapian's Pastourma has been on the same spot in Euripidou Street since its opening in 1935." and "Ο παππούς όταν ήρθε στην Αθήνα το '22 από την Καισαρεία έφτιαχνε παστουρμά στο σπίτι και τον πουλούσε με το καροτσάκι στην Βαμβάκειο." Ta Nea
  7. ^ "The Shop Αραπιάν: Αλλαντικά με ιστορία". Athinorama. Retrieved 25 February 2013. Πρόκειται για ένα χώρο 75 ετών. ιδρύθηκε το 1935 από τον Σαρκίς Αραπιάν, ο οποίος έφερε μαζί του από την Καισαρεία τις αγαπημένες του γεύσεις.
  8. ^ "The Company" (in Greek). Arapian Official Website. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b Ταξίδι στο παρελθόν μέσα από τις μυρωδιές της Ευριπίδου Archived 2017-10-21 at the Wayback Machine Του Αποστολου Λακασα (in Greek)
  10. ^ a b Kathimerini Γεύσεις για μερακλήδες Mουστάρδα από τη Σκωτία, κονφί από τη Γαλλία και μια αγκαλιά νοστιμιές από την Ελλάδα για τους φίλους των εκλεκτών προϊόντων ΤΟΥ ΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ ΡΕΝΤΟΥΛΑ, ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ: ΑΚΗΣ ΟΡΦΑΝΙΔΗΣ (in Greek)
  11. ^ a b Η τελετουργία του παστουρμά (The pastourma ritual) Kathimerini Το καλάθι των εορτών Nόστιμες προτάσεις για το χριστουγεννιάτικο τραπέζι ΤΟΥ ΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ ΡΕΝΤΟΥΛΑ, ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ: ΑΚΗΣ ΟΡΦΑΝΙΔΗΣ (in Greek)
  12. ^ a b Lifo magazine 17.7.2012 12:41
  13. ^ Βαρβάκειος Αγορά Το στομάχι της πόλης Η ΓΕΥΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΘΗΝΑΣ 17.7.2012 12:41
  14. ^ Trapezaria Κριτική Γεύσης Από τη Νίκη Μηταρέα Ξεχωριστές ελληνικές νοστιμιές για μερακλήδες με γούστο και άποψη.
  15. ^ Gastronomos online (in Greek)
  16. ^ Αραπιάν με τ’ όνομα! (Arapian the famous) from Athens voice (in Greek)
  17. ^ Athens Voice Best of Athens Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine "Το καλύτερο δοκιμαστήριο-πριν-αγοράσεις Στο Αραπιαν, στη Κεντρική Αγορά από το 1935. Δοκιμάζετε παστουρμά, σουτζούκι, παλιωμένο κασέρι, λουκάνικο γίδας, καβουρμά, ακούτε τις γαστρονομικές συμβουλές των απολαυστικών ιδιοκτητών και αγοράζετε πια στα σίγουρα τη γκουρμεδιά που αποφασίσατε. Καταναλώστε υπεύθυνα. (Ευριπίδου 41)." (in Greek)
  18. ^ Μανιτάρια πορτομπέλο φουρνιστά με σπανάκι, λούτζα και τυρί Από τη Μυρσίνη Λαμπράκη Επιμέλεια - food styling: Τίνα Webb, Styling: Alice Bean Bοηθός food stylist: Αλεξάνδρα Τασουνίδου, Φωτογραφίες: Γιώργος Δρακόπουλος Kathimerini (in Greek)
  19. ^ "Arapian Official Website". Arapian Official Website. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  20. ^ gastronomos online Archived 2012-05-11 at the Wayback Machine 24.06.2011 Κείμενο Γεωργία Ζαβιτσάνου "Σε έκθεση Σερραϊκών προιόντων που έγινε πριν από λίγο καιρό στο Σύνταγμα δοκίμασα τον καβουρμά «Χασαπάκι» από 100% βουβαλίσιο κρέας."(in Greek)
  21. ^ a b Ελάτε για ένα κρασί Τυριά και αλλαντικά από έλληνες παραγωγούς ΔΗΜΟΣΙΕΥΣΗ: 24/01/2013 11:49 (in Greek)