Meet our Executive Chef


George Gkouveris, born and raised in Sparta, Greece, has shown a love for food as a young child growing up in his family’s restaurant. Through young emersion in Greek cuisine, he developed the deepest love for the Greek culinary arts and hospitality.

As a young man, he moved to the United States to further pursue his goal of excelling as a chef and opening his own restaurant. Soon after arriving in the US, he got his certificate in Culinary Arts. In 2004 his dream came true when he opened the New Jersey-based Sparta Taverna in which he still operates as Executive Chef/Owner.

In 2022, Chef George released his first cookbook “Simply Greek: From My Restaurant To Your Home,” in which his goal is to share his love for Greek cuisine to everyone.

Chef George believes in making fresh, homemade food that tastes great. He truly believes we are what we eat. The right food can be medicine for the body and soul.

After years of dedication in cooking, Chef George continues to develop new and innovative dishes while still using his mother’s cuisine as an inspiration.

Meet our Executive Chef


George Gkouveris, born and raised in Sparta, Greece, has shown a love for food as a young child growing up in his family’s restaurant. Through young emersion in Greek cuisine, he developed the deepest love for the Greek culinary arts and hospitality.

As a young man, he moved to the United States to further pursue his goal of excelling as a chef and opening his own restaurant. Soon after arriving in the US, he got his certificate in Culinary Arts. In 2004 his dream came true when he opened the New Jersey-based Sparta Taverna in which he still operates as Executive Chef/Owner.

In 2022, Chef George released his first cookbook “Simply Greek: From My Restaurant To Your Home,” in which his goal is to share his love for Greek cuisine to everyone.

Chef George believes in making fresh, homemade food that tastes great. He truly believes we are what we eat. The right food can be medicine for the body and soul.

After years of dedication in cooking, Chef George continues to develop new and innovative dishes while still using his mother’s cuisine as an inspiration.

Simply Greek Cookbook


If you like to cook or want to experience and try something new, try Greek! In this cookbook you will find traditional and modern recipes that thousands of people enjoyed over the years and still do to this day at Sparta Taverna restaurants since 2004.

You will find quotes about food, coffee and the love of cooking. Benefits from the Mediterranean Greek diet, the healthy way of Greek life and 10 tips to improve an overall healthy lifestyle.

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Supreme salads with Filet Mignon Skewers! 
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Supreme salads with Filet Mignon Skewers!
Great lunch with my friend @yesimjose @spartataverna @chefgeorgios

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We are very excited to announce our Lunch Specials are back!! Check out our lunch menu, available daily from 11am to 4pm!

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We are very excited to announce our Lunch Specials are back!! Check out our lunch menu, available daily from 11am to 4pm!

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Our signature pita sandwich; Sparta Gyro! 😋 Have you tried it yet?

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Our signature pita sandwich; Sparta Gyro! 😋 Have you tried it yet?

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We are excited to tell you that our souvlaki platters & our entrees now are served with your choice of two sides!! Here we have our chicken souvlaki platter with rice and Greek salad 🥗 Enjoy 😊 #spartataverna #greekrestaurant #ridgefieldparknj #greekfood #greeksalad #souvlaki #newmenu #newmenualert

We are excited to tell you that our souvlaki platters & our entrees now are served with your choice of two sides!! Here we have our chicken souvlaki platter with rice and Greek salad 🥗 Enjoy 😊 #spartataverna #greekrestaurant #ridgefieldparknj #greekfood #greeksalad #souvlaki #newmenu #newmenualert ...

Have you tried our new Filet Mignon Skewer over Sparta salad?!! Tender, flavorful, juicy, and cooked to perfection!😋

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Have you tried our new Filet Mignon Skewer over Sparta salad?!! Tender, flavorful, juicy, and cooked to perfection!😋

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Our signature Sparta pita sandwiches, falafel, beef gyro or chicken.😋 
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Our signature Sparta pita sandwiches, falafel, beef gyro or chicken.😋
Give them a try @spartataverna

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Our seafood combo over pasta!😋 
Scallops, Shrimp, Calamari & Mussels.

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Our seafood combo over pasta!😋
Scallops, Shrimp, Calamari & Mussels.

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Our fried Calamari appetizer!😋

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Our fried Calamari appetizer!😋

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Who’s in the mood for some sweet and sticky honey BBQ chicken wings?!!😋⁣
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