You’ve heard the name and seen the pictures of a delicious sandwich type of dish, but you’ve probably always wondered, what exactly is a gyro? The gyro (pronounced yee-ro) is a tasty sandwich-like food made using pita bread, lamb, beef, chicken, or pork. It’s also combined with tomato, onion, and a yogurt-based sauce known as tzatziki sauce. This sandwich is very similar to the Shawarma. Some gyros are stuffed with french fries and some parts of Northern Greece serve their gyros with ketchup and mustard. The name “gyro” itself is translated in Greek to mean ‘circle’ or ‘turn’.
From Greece to the USA
This mouth-watering sandwich is thought to have first originated in Greece and is traditionally filled with mouth-watering thin slices of marinated pork. The meat in gyros is also traditionally cooked in a vertical rotisserie, which makes it easier for the meat to be marinated from top to bottom. The history of the gyro is extensive, dating all the way back to the Ottoman Empire. However, the gyro is thought to first have made its debut in the United States around the 1970s, mainly in Chicago and New York City before spreading to other cities and states.
Come Try this Mediterranean Cuisine
This tasty dish is a big hit in Mediterranean cuisine, and a staple in all Greek and Mediterranean restaurants. If you are looking to try one of these scrumptious gyros for yourself, and you are in the Orange County area, then come down to the Zait Bistro in Laguna Niguel! We offer delicious gyros that will make a great introduction if you are trying Mediterranean cuisine for the first time or if you’re a connoisseur of the Mediterranean cuisine and are looking for another great spot to indulge in! Here at Zait Bistro, we will fulfill all your Mediterranean cravings, so come visit us soon!