Pastitsio: The "King" of greek gastronomy!

Gastronomy is undoubtedly an important part ofGreek culture and we take it very seriously!Of course, there are wonderful cuisines worldwide but we unashamedly promise you that Greece has quite possibly some of the best dishes in the world. With perfect weather and terrain for fresh produce and a tradition of producing dishes that are simultaneoulsy comforting and extravagant, Greece is a mecca for any foodie. There are an enormous number of dishes for you to try on your visit to Greece butin this post we would like to present you with one of the many wonderful dishes on offer and perhaps the 'king' of Greek gastronomy-pastitsio!

Pastitsio (in greek "παστίτσιο") is an exceedingly popular dish in Greece and many a fight has erupted over whose grandmother makes it best. The base is made from a tubular type of pasta bound together with egg and cheese. Between the layers of pasta is a filling of ground beef and the whole dish is topped with a bechamel sauce. For a little extra decadence cheese is sometimes sprinkled on top and grilled briefly before serving. Baked in the oven, it is a perfect choice for any event where you need to feed alot of people, be it dinner parties with friends or family or even just a handy dish to keep in the fridge to save you cooking every day. It's also a fantastic recipie to have up your sleeve as a parent as it is normally very popular with children. Of course you can serve it anyway you like but here in Greece we normally have it as a main course complimented with a fresh salad.

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If you'd like to try it with something other than beef sometimes pastitsio is made with lamb or veal, but the "original" taste comes from using ground beef. Sometimes the beef is seasoned with cinnamon although we recommend that if you're trying it for the first time you should ask for the original version without the spice added.

The price of pastitsio in a quality restaurant should be around €7-9. It's also normally a pretty good sign if the taverna is family run! Due to it's popularity, whether you are visiting Athens or the islands you will almost certainly get an opportunity to taste it. If you want to discover where we locals go for good food (and the wine that goes with it of course! ) why not join us on our Athens by Night Food Tour and Wine Tasting? Our local, expert guide will take the you to authetic eateries away from the "tourist traps" and help you discover the very best of Greek gastronomy.

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