Travel Treats: Gyro, Greece

By far one of the most well-known Greek dish. Gyro meat, which can be chicken, beef, pork or lamb, is roasted on a vertical skewer then cut into thin crispy slices. It's seasoned with a variety of spices - black pepper, oregano, thyme, garlic served together on a plate with pita bread, tomatoes, onion, and the flavorful Tzaziki sauce (made of Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, chopped cucumbers, dill, salt, and black pepper). Usually, when wrapped, it comes with French fries.
The Gyro was said to have arrived in Greece in 1922 with the landing of Armenian refugees (said to have come from the places now known as Istanbul and Izmir). As they began to settle into their new home, they had to become merchants to support themselves in the new land, some turning to food vending. Once World War II was over, the gyro followed the Greek immigrants who traveled westward.
Because of its popularity, different cultures have created own variations of Greece's popular culinary serving.