Yummy finds at Giorgianna's (South End)
I was making koftka kebabs for dinner last night and forgot to buy ingredients to make tzatziki. So the hubby walked down to Giorgianna's to pick up a small container of their house made version and some pita.
The tzatziki was amazing. Super thick yogurt, perfect amount of dill, cukes and lemon. It was absolutely delicious. My husband is a daily visitor there so he knows the owners pretty well. Anna offered to sell him a few of the fresh pitas they use for their gyros as they were much better than the bagged kind. She told him that they had to be brushed with olive oil and grilled, which was what I was planning to do anyway. These were honestly the BEST pitas I've ever had. They were soft and delicious. I brushed them with some good Greek olive oil, sprinkled them with a little kosher salt then grilled them for a couple of minutes on each side. Heaven.
I've always felt that most of their prepared foods just miss the mark, but are a much healthier option than Emilio's for something quick. The exceptions are their greek salads with grilled chicken or beef and the gyros (though I've had an occasional dry gyro there). I could have eaten just the pitas with the tzatziki for dinner and would have been happy.
Good to know. When they first opened (within the first week or so) I asked them to make me a chicken gyro and they seemed a little confused; i think to them "gyro" meant lamb, or maybe beef. Anyway. I'll have to try one soon. I remember their tzatziki being good, will definitely have to try that again too.
I agree that most of their prepared foods are just ok, and they can be crazy expensive, but they are really nice people and it's convenient (to me at least.)
I'm glad someone mentioned this nice little neighborhood resource: I hit the basement wine shop for Greek reds pretty regularly.
My favorite of the prepared foods is the keftedes, big honking Greek meatballs, the size of turkey eggs, stuffed with feta and covered in chunky marinara. The dinner plate is a good deal, five meatballs with a big hunk of French bread and two giant sides. I usually get the fasolakia ladera (those overdone green beans with tomatoes and onions) and Greek-style rice with tomatoes and spinach.
It's a real family joint; the missus grew up next door, when her dad ran a Greek butcher shop in that same spot. Hubby's from Greece.