The Greeks Taught their Children and the Americans about Traditional Pites

Left to right: Savas Saviou, Androniki Papagiannis, Demetra Tsokas, and George Lolis. Photo by Costas Bej

NEW YORK – The first generation of Greek immigrants went into the restaurant business because on the one hand, it was easier to find a job there, and on the other hand because special skills were not required. Unlike other ethnic groups, they did not settle for a mere paycheck, but they learned the language and the secrets of the kitchen and over time they became cooks, chefs, bakers, waiters, and restaurant owners.

Their catering experience led them to add classic …

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