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GreekPizza, Greek Grilled Food Souvlakia

Salty, thicker, crisper crust usually as in deep-dish, but good. Better and less expensive than Pizza Hut which is here too. Worth it! No hot peppers available usually. Delivered to your hotel room or buy it by the slice off the street. My favorite Pizza place which is consistently good is called Napoli and they deliver: 210-330-4314. If you want to order a pizza for delivery its not that hard. Pizza is the same in Greek as in English only pronounced peet-za. Delivery is De-yia-monee. They will now have a general idea what you want ie. 'pizza for delivery' and will want to know your address so you better have that handy. Lets say you want a tough one like ham and cheese? Jambon kai Teeree is what to say. Need mushrooms: ma nee tar yia.   Say you want a veggie pizza or even a veggie pita wrap or pie when you are elsewhere? That's easy just say Ecologiko or ecological. Its a Greek word of course. My pizza of the month is ground beef or Keema, mushrooms, green peppers (peeper yes). If the pizza arrives in good time I usually give the guy 2 euros, like the big time spender that I am. If its late, then I only give him 1 euro. Napoli normally deliver within half an hour tops. There are other Pizza deliver places like pizza hut but they suck. Greeks make good pizza especially if you like thicker crust, which I do. Now we could talk about pizza if we wanted to, like Chicago deep dish or NY slices or what have you, but I pretty much guarantee that you wont be disappointed by Greek Pizza.

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I can't decide where to put 'the grill', a mainstay of Greek cuisine. It can be fast food if you get it to go, se paketo (in a packet), and even if you sit down, it can be fast because its usually cooked or almost cooked. Grills are one of my favorite places to eat in Greece and I guess its ok to put them here on the fast food page because they are pretty darn fast.

Some grills are also affectionately known as SOUVLAKI JOINTS and where you get GYROS. Gyros are usually pork. That round slab of meat below right is pork. You can also usually get other kinds of meat dishes in a grill: lamb (expensive), sausage, chicken, pork, beef, ground beef, codo-souvli (pork done differently and one of my favs), kokoretsi (intestines, also good!), etc. Some of these will take longer as they wont be cooked yet so if you are in a hurry, and what visitor to Greece isn't, be aware.

GREEK SOUVLAKIA = SKEWER & "GHEER-OS" (GYROS = ROUND)

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There are 3 ways to go here. One is on a stick called 'Kalamaki', like our friend the cat in Aegina is holding, and the second is wrapped in Pita bread and the 3d open faced on the plate. Chicken, pork, beef keftedes (meat balls) can all be ordered all 3 ways.

Kalamaki or on the stick (shis-kebob is a Turkish word and usually means a pricier sit down diner dish) is just that, only meat. It could be chicken, beef or pork. Usually a couple of pieces of white bread are included in the price too. Gyros is really pronounced: 'gheer-ohss' not Jyro as you Yanks are wont to.

How to pick a good Souvlaki joint

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tavernas wine barrek wine domestic meatLook at he two rolls of gyro meat above. The center right one has inferior meat, full of fat. The center left one has better quality leaner meat... 'Vle-pees';? = (see?) That's what to look for if you have a choice in souvlaki joints and are in the mood for 'jeer-ohss'.

GYRO MEAT never comes on a stick but comes only wrapped up in pita or as a gyros plate with the pita cut into triangles in a side basket ...hopefully just grilled. To get it that way order mia mer-reeda geer-oss

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