My first encounter with pita bread was back in the 1950’s. Back then it was also known as pocket bread; just slice it in half, open the edges to make a hollow space and dump the sandwich filler into the pocket. And dump is what mother did. She found that the pocket was less messy than two slices of bread that dropped the filling all over the floor. Pita was a fad for awhile and then it sort of disappeared to become a hard to find specialty item. I forgot about it too.
In later years, when my circle of friends widened, I came across pita bread again and I learned about gyros. It was all academic. Gyros were made with lamb. I didn’t care for lamb, so I didn’t dabble, although there was a certain curiosity. Not too many years ago I came across chicken gyros at Florida’s famous Plant City Strawberry Festival, a carnival of proportion. No carnival would be complete without a food vendor fairway. The Strawberry Festival has many vendors and that is where my certain curiosity came to light and I chose a chicken gyro for lunch.
If the truth be known, a chicken gyro is just a chicken sandwich on peculiar bread. It is the tzatziki sauce that sets it apart from other chicken sandwiches. The combination of the cucumber and Greek yogurt is just the perfect combination to dress the sandwich. The cool sweetness of the cucumber and the creamy smoothness of the yogurt provide smooth delivery of the garlic and oregano grilled chicken. These days, if I pass a shop that sells gyros, I at least look to see if they also make chicken gyros...