The word gastronomy is from the ancient Greek. It translates as "the art and science of good eating." And once having explored the wide range of Greek cuisine, you will see they meant it.
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In most Greek taverns, you will want to sample the appetizers. A popular starter is tsatsiki, which is a dip made of cucumbers, garlic and yogurt. Stuffed grape leaves, or dolmades, are also a favorite.
Soups and Salads
Salad is a big part of the Mediterranean diet and usually will be generously sprinkled with feta cheese. As for soup, a traditional classic is avgolemono, a blend of lemons, egg and rice.
Grilled meats are staples in Greek cooking. Chops, or "Britzoles" from pork, veal or lamb, are a common fixture on a Greek menu. Fish and seafood are also popular, including squid and octopus.
A favorite Greek specialty is the gyro, a pita sandwich filled with sliced meat, vegetables and sauces. These are very popular in Greek diners in New York.
If you happen to have any room after all the great foods you have already enjoyed, treat yourself to some Baklava, a sweet dessert made from filo dough, honey, cinnamon, nuts and spices.
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