We place orders with vendors days ahead of pick up so that they can plan their production, reduce waste, and give staff time to make their amazing products. This also allows us to limit our environmental impact and reduce delivery fees for you.
For more than 60 years, C & K Importing Company has been serving the Greek community on the same corner at 2771 West Pico Boulevard. Sam Chrys opened the market in 1948 with intentions to bring the foods and wines of Greece to Los Angeles. He did so by importing all products from Greece while still maintaining a low price to his valued customers and friends. C & K Importing Company grew into a market where all ethnicities came to visit and always enjoyed the purity of the product assortment.
In 1968 Chrys Chrys purchased the business from his father to carry on the legacy. Chrys Chrys had an idea to open a Greek restaurant. He traveled to the many regions and islands of Greece to understand the flavors and tastes in authentic Greek cooking. He wanted to bring this authenticity back to his restaurant. In the early 1990’s, Papa Cristo’s Taverna was established.
C & K Importing Company and Papa Cristo’s Taverna are known as Athens in Los Angeles. The reputation of C & K Importing Company and Papa Cristo’s Taverna has grown past California and to as far as Greece itself. Chrys Chrys takes pride in providing his customers and friends with the best tasting foods, best service, and best prices – just like his father.
Papa Cristo’s uses a family secret blend of spices in all of their cooking but, when their patrons continuously asked them what seasonings were being used to cook with, they decided to make it available for everyone. You can use it on everything! Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Turkey, Veggies, Pasta Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades and More! Try some and you will be hooked.
Chrys Chrys’ youngest daughter, Annie Chrys joined the business in 2010 as the third generation. Today, Chrys and Annie work alongside each other to grow the business as well as Chrys’ mother, (also) Annie, and Chrys’ first cousin Mark. We are truly a family-run business and take great pride in providing our patrons with the highest quality and best tasting Greek home-style cuisine.