The Gyros



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enjoy oregano name after
pot remain melting pot
melt tower landmark
grill corner around the corner
alike ketchup cooperate
gyros culinary delicious
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turn variety choose/chose/chosen
pita mustard common
herb tzatziki around (3)
pork focus (2) as well as
beef thyme found (2)
fry across served with
taste portion traditional
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garlic attract come/came/came






It’s a view that’s been enjoyed by many, including Alexander the Great. Thessaloniki the second-largest city in Greece was founded in the year 315 BC. It was named after Alexander’s sister.

To this day it remains a cultural melting pot. The city’s most famous landmark is the White Tower.

Just around the corner is a culinary landmark named Psisu.

Psisu Boss: “A very good friend of mine suggested to me to cooperate and open this store.”

Here the focus is on gyros.

Psisu Boss: “Psisu is a Greek verb meaning ‘to cook’ or ‘to grill’.”

Gyros literally means “to turn”. Here there are many varieties to choose from.

Psisu Boss: “There are some kind of bread that are good with gyros, but the most common one is pita.

At Psisu, customers can choose between tzatziki, mustard, herb and garlic sauce as well as four different kinds of bread. Gyros is traditionally made from pork. It’s typically seasoned with oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic; and served with tomatoes, onions and fried potatoes.

The staff serves between 200 and 400 portions of gyros a day. The restaurant attracts tourists and locals alike. It’s also frequented by students from across the country.

Student: “I’ve been here when I came to Saloniki. I tasted the gyros and other food, and it was delicious. So I came again with my friends.”

And how does she like her gyros best?

Student: “The traditional way with potatoes, tomato and ketchup–and tzatziki, of course.”

Psisu Boss: “We all want taste the traditional Greek gyros.”

Alexander the Great surely would have approved.


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1. Thessaloniki in Greece is a very ancient city. True or false?

2. Was the Psisu restaurant founded by the owner’s great-grandfather?

3. Do they cook and serve all kinds of fish, octopus, crab, lobster, and pastries?

4. “Gyros” comes from a Turkish word. Is this right or wrong?

5. Does gyros only consist of pork meat, or does it include many different ingredients?

6. The Psisu Restaurant is very busy. They earn a lot of money. It is very profitable. Is this correct or incorrect?

7. Only local Thessaloniki residents like the gyros. Yes or no?


A. I am from Greece. I live in Greece. I am Greek. I have visited Greece. Yes or no?

B. Have you tasted Greek food? Have you eaten gyros? Are there gyros, doner or shawarma stands, stalls or restaurants in your city?

C. What are the common foods or snacks in your city?

D. My friends and I would like to own and operate a snack stall or food stall. True or false?

E. What might happen in the future?

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