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Aug 15, 2007 10:15 AM

pocketless pita

Does anyone have a source for fresh pocketless pita? I love using it to make gyro-like sandwiches, but have only found it frozen. I've been getting it from Sophia's Greek Pantry in Belmont. THanks!

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  1. I don't know this for a fact, but I would be surprised if one of the Armenian bakeries/markets in Watertown didn't carry them. Maybe Arax or Sevan?

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    1. re: Science Chick

      I checked with Sevan. The really nice guy said that he only occasionally has them. I'll be stopping by there later today, so I'll check in again, and I'll stop by Arax. I haven't checked there yet. Thanks!

      1. re: bear

        I think this is Greek pita, and I am looking for it as well. Please let me know if you find any. I was able to just buy them in normal grocery stores in Oregon, but they don't seem to be available here.

        1. re: bear

          Bear, while you are over there, you might as well check out Massis and Eastern Lamejun

      2. Russo's sells a fantastic pocketless pita from Quebec. They don't always have it.

        1. Would it be worth asking one of the local restaurants who their supplier is? I know Desfina over in Cambridge has them for their gyros.

          1. I was at Sevan tonight and they had them.

            1. We hit up a few of the Armenian markets yesterday. Went to Massis first, but didn't end up getting anything because we wanted to pick our individual servings of prepared foods and knew that we could do that at Sevan. Pretty big stock of staples, though. They didn't have pocketless pita, but did have some Greek style pita which I might try another time.

              Then we went to Arax and picked up some really inexpensive produce (lemons 4/$1, etc.) and some fig and date buttery cookies. They had pocketless pita.

              We headed to Sevan, ordered lots of prepared dishes. The veggie grape leaves are just awesome, as is the feta, garlic and red pepper spread. I might be able to live on those two things alone. We also got various other stuffed veggies: cabbage, peppers, and eggplant, which were tasty but tasted very similar. The hummus was very good, lots of tahini, as were the white beans with carrots and garlic. They also had pocketless pita.

              We ended up going to Sophia's Greek Pantry on Belmont St. for the pocketless pita, because it is frozen there, and the other places thaw theirs. I figure the frozen is probably a little fresher, not sure how long the thawed stuff has been sitting on the shelf. I asked the very friendly and knowledgeable woman behind the counter (probably Sophia) if there is a local bakery that makes them, and she said not in Boston. The brand that all of the carry is Kontos, which is plenty tasty, but the ingredient list is not exactly what you'd find in your Greek grandmother's kitchen.

              Anyway, with some grilled chicken and tzatziki, we had quite a feast.

              We were so excited about our goodies that we forgot to stop at Eastern Lamejune on the way home. Might have to head there this afternoon to get some more goodies to round out the leftovers!

              Can't wait to try the pitas at Russo's.

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              1. re: bear

                Thanks for reporting back. Next time I'm in Watertown I will stock up!

                1. re: bear

                  The bread from Quebec is the best. The afghan bread - also sold at Maasis et al - is terrific.

                  1. re: lergnom

                    Agreed - I'm very fussy about the freshness of breads such as pita and feel a little odd about buying bread from so far away, but the Afghani bread is wonderful and we use it for so many things! I also really like the mini-pitas, about 3 inches across. If you're dipping in a bunch of things like hummus, baba ganoush, etc., they are the best.

                    1. re: lergnom

                      Thanks for all the help, everyone. Still haven't made it to Russo's to check their's out, but our sandwiches and dips were quite yummy.

                      The Afghan bread baked at O'Natural's is pretty tasty, too.

                    2. re: bear

                      In general, Russo's has less of a selection of Pita than the others....