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An introduction to souvlaki

Greece ● Istanbul ● Koridallos ● Piraeus ● 24 July 2016
 

An introduction to souvlaki

Souvlaki and gyros are the most famous street foods in Greece. Even if we consume them very often in this country, most people do not know its origins. We will try to present you a few information about souvlaki, so everytime you taste it you will remember its long history.

Souvlaki is one of the most popular delicacies of Greek gastronomy, its recipe has its routes in antiquity. The first reference we have about souvlaki, is in Homer's heroic poems, where Achilleas is been described to roast on burning coals pieces of meat. Another source is the book "Dipnosophiste" which was written by Athineos, who was a Greek biologist and gastronomist. Also Igisipos in his cooking guide which he named "Opsartitiko" he refers to a dish which was named "Kandavlos" and was made of pieces of meat, cheese, pita bread, dill and was served with a sauce. In roman manuscripts of the 1rst cent. A.D.we have references about souvlaki made of guts, and many years later in Instanbul, about vendors selling souvlaki with pita bread in the streets. During the decade of 1940 souvlaki became popular in the refugee's neighborhoods, such as "Koridallos" and in Piraeus a refugee from Istanbul made in 1950 the first wrapped souvlaki with kebab.

The most classic form of souvlaki is roasted pieces of pork, which are skewered in a small wooden spit, it is usually served with a piece of bread or a pita bread cut in four pieces. It can also be prepared with chicken meat (which can be combined with bacon) beef meat, also from a combination of lamb and beef meat (kebab) , from burger or sausage. Souvlaki is also served with pita bread, wrapped in it, with potatoes, tomato, onion, parsley, tzatziki or sauce and paprika. In modern Greek cuisine souvalki is also made of roasted vegetables.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Achillion
Hotel Achillion
63, Notara Str., 18524 Piraeus, Greece

Located in the heart of Piraeus, Hotel Achillion offers accommodation only 400 meters from the port and 700 meters from the railway/metro station Piraeus. The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X96 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Faros I
Hotel Faros I
140, Notara Str., 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Centrally located in Piraeus, Hotel Faros I offers accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the port and from a metro station. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is at 40 km and a bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is a 3-minute walk away.


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