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cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 05:55 AM

I'm hoping to make gyro's for a dinner party next weekend. I'd love to buy some softer flatbreads/pita that will easily roll up for the sandwich. Any thoughts on where/brand to get these in the Cambridge area? Thanks.

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    grant.cook RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 05:59 AM

    Sophias in Belmont...you can get gyro meat and tzatziki there as well

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      cambridgeMike RE: grant.cook Feb 25, 2014 06:03 AM

      thanks! been meaning for an excuse to make it to Sophias. I'll make my own gyros and tzatziki though

    2. StriperGuy RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 06:20 AM

      I'd go Sofia's on the Tzatziki, but Arax and Sevan have much better pita selections. For Arax go on Tuesday afternoons they get a baked goods delivery from Montreal on Tuesdays and some REALLY good stuff.

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        Science Chick RE: StriperGuy Feb 25, 2014 10:52 AM

        +1 on Arax

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          cassis RE: Science Chick Feb 26, 2014 04:13 AM

          And Massis, up the road a block! they get the same bread from Montreal.

      2. daislander RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 12:17 PM

        You might also ask at your favourite gyro place. Sometimes they will sell you a bag.

        Its all about the pita for me! They can be tricky and get over done and cripsy fast esp on bbq and will crack instead of fold. I hate it!! Just something to watch out for!

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          devilham RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 01:12 PM

          you know what I've used that works really great? Supermarket naan bread, that kind that comes 2 to a package that you re-heat in the oven? It's a little thick, but fluffy and soft how I like my gyro bread to be. I have made my own gyro meat and tzatziki in the past, and used the naan and it was outstanding. It's also nice that it comes in 2 pieces, so Im not eating gyros for days worrying the bread will go stale (I would love to eat gyros for days, but my doctor might stage an intervention if I did!)

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            Scruffy The Cat RE: devilham Feb 26, 2014 08:43 AM

            There's a major manufacturer- Kontos- which makes both naan and pita. The products are nearly identical. The company has Greek origins. You can buy Kontos breads at any of the Indian markets as well as the Greek International Food Market in W. Roxbury. I'm sure Sofia's has it too. It's pretty easy to find.

            For day-to-day use, I just use the naan from Trader Joe's. (I am Greek-American.)

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              devilham RE: Scruffy The Cat Feb 26, 2014 11:34 AM

              probably the same product I am referring to (as I didn't have a manufacturers name, sorry!), but it's a great substitute for pita IMO, so warm and soft when heated up to contrast with your cool tzatziki. God I love gyros.

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            bear RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 02:23 PM

            I agree with Striper and Sci Chick that Arax and Sevan are the places to go for fresh and delicious thin pita, but they are sometimes out of pocketless pita. If you want the thick gyro bread, Sophia's is more likely to have some.

            Devilham's idea to use supermarket naan (I think it's still available at Trader Joe's, too) is a good one. Similar flavor and texture.

            1. StriperGuy RE: cambridgeMike Feb 25, 2014 03:36 PM

              NY Times just had a nice article on make your own:
              http://nyti.ms/1jlyYvX

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                Madrid RE: StriperGuy Feb 25, 2014 04:05 PM

                yeah, I can't wait to try this and then compare to Arax. And I once asked where Rami gets his pita and I think someone told me it was Montreal style. Does anybody have brand names for Arax or just go on the designated day to Arax and pick up whatever package says Montreal?

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                  StriperGuy RE: Madrid Feb 26, 2014 06:31 AM

                  They actually get in 1/2 dozen different breads from Montreal on Tuesdays... Shawarma-worthy, paper thin, standard pita, Afghani style that looks like a plank of wood, all excellent.

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                    Science Chick RE: Madrid Feb 26, 2014 12:17 PM

                    They get theirs from NYC. This came up previously:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9065...

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                      Madrid RE: Science Chick Feb 26, 2014 02:35 PM

                      thanks, Science Chick...I knew it had come up before but for whatever reason couldn't find it.

                      For other fans of Rami's NYC pita, are there any pitas in Belmont/Watertown that are comparable?

                2. tatsu RE: cambridgeMike Feb 26, 2014 08:11 AM

                  Russo's has a similar selection to Arax and Sevan. I'm not sure what Sofia's has but they probably have that thicker softer Greek style Pita.

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                    Walthamfoodman RE: tatsu Feb 26, 2014 07:01 PM

                    Was going to mention Russo's. The pita selection is always good and the product is always fresh. Plus now that they have expanded the bakery section, the breads are now easier to get to.

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                      bear RE: Walthamfoodman Feb 27, 2014 03:28 AM

                      Yeah, navigating the bakery section at Russo's is much easier now.

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