There’s a good chance you’ve heard about this American-Greek sandwich.
Pronounced “yee-roh,” the gyro that many Americans are familiar with originated in Chicago in the 1960s, but the dish has apparently been around for 2,000 years. The sandwich is a loaf of lamb or beef with tomato and onion in a pita fold and most American iterations of the sandwich offer ground meat instead of sliced like their Greek counterparts.
While the Greeks would make each cone one at a time with family recipes, American stands and restaurants all over have not failed to mass-produce the dish—this includes a few amazing gyro locations in Pittsburgh. The cost of eating out is definitely something that can keep you from ordering one of these tasty cones, but it shouldn’t if someone’s already paid for the meal.
Treat a friend or loved one to a Giftya of any amount, giving them up to $100 to any merchant you choose. Send it with a personalized message right to the recipient’s phone. Choose any of these spots in Pittsburgh to a delicious Greek treat—and hope they bring you with them!
Pittsburgh classic with spots throughout the city
927 Liberty Ave
1414 East Carson St
1155 Washington Pike
5980 University Blvd
This place offers the some of the best gyro in the Burgh, with four locations to prove it. But in addition to their traditional gyro, Mike and Tony’s Gyros of Pittsburgh offers lots of different options across each of their locations, including tasty apps like the gyro nachos and greek quesadillas at the Moon location and a sweet side of baklava—layers of filo dough with honey or syrup—at the the Downtown spot.
Find yourself starving in Southside after a late night out? Mike and Tony’s is a perfect place to grab that late night bite. This location is open till 3am Tuesday through Saturday, giving you plenty of time to stop it after a long night.
“There is no other gyro I have had which is perfect with every ingredient. Every piece of the puzzle at Mike & Tony's tastes amazing. From the perfectly toasted pita, to the fresh meat, and the unique gyro sauce they use.” -Yelp review
Family-owned gyro shop with fresh-cut fries
3611 Library Rd
424 Semple St
Customer’s were so fond of The Original Gyro in Castle Shannon that they decided to open another one in Oakland. While you can stop by the former for a classic cone and some delicious homemade, fresh cut fries as early as 10am, the spot on the other side of the river is open for some late night dining. Order a gyro and fries via Uber Eats, Grubhub, or Postmates if you can’t make it to one of their locations.
“These gyros are hard to beat. Good meal value excellent taste. Quick service. If you are looking for a gyro in the Pittsburgh area, check these guys out. I have been to a lot of gyro places and this one has done it right. You won't be disappointed” -Yelp review
Greek eatery in Lawrenceville
3716 Butler St
While the name of this restaurant comes from the Greek pasta dish, don’t think it’s menu excludes some delicious gyro. Pastitsio is a Greek byob restaurant and catering company in lower Lawrenceville that offers the nation’s classic dishes, such as tabouli and gyros.
Trying to get Greek food for your special event? Look no further that Pastitsio. Order online and have the restaurant deliver the food and set it up for you. Their catering menu offers a pita spread buffet with chicken, pok, lamb, beef, and veggies with multiple sauces to choose from, or you can try a tray of the pastitsio itself or Spanakopita—a dish with spinach, feta, and phyllo dough.
“The aroma of roasted meats, lemon potatoes, and perfect pastitsio decorate the entrance to the restaurant. By the time you walk through the door and sit down, you can't help but want to try one of everything on the menu. The food is great. The service is friendly. The atmosphere is very Greek...with a great Ikariotiko playing on the radio...feels like being back in the island.” -Facebook review
Casual Greek bistro near the Cultural District
133 6th St
Named after the second largest city in Greece, Salonika’s is a casual, authentic Greek bistro in Downtown Pittsburgh that specializes in gyro and salads. In addition to their salads and sandwiches—like the grilled cheese on pita—they offer a variety of homemade Greek dishes, including pastitsio and moussaka (a dish made with beef, potatoes, and eggplant.
They have plenty of vegetarian options and finger foods if you’re dining with someone who’s not a gyro fan after a night out in the Cultural District. Come by for a drink at the bar or one of their daily specials to go with your gyro.
“We have been here many times after seeing a show downtown. The food is EXCELLENT and the service is wonderful. It isn't fancy, but it is delicious authentic food that really hits the spot. You can't beat the price, service or quality of the food. Can't wait to go back!” -TripAdvisor review
Perfect Greek lunch Downtown
400 Smithfield St
This Downtown spot is perfect for a weekday lunch. Their gyro comes with the original lamb and beef, but Zorba’s offers chicken, steak, and veggie substitutes. Try one of their specialty items, like the wings or rice pilaf—rice cooked/baked in broth or stock—or opt for one of their salads, including the gyro salad with homemade gyro sauce.
Zorba’s offers delivery, as well as daily specials, such as free fries with any sandwich on Mondays, or 3$ off the chicken gyro with fries on Tuesdays.
“I love Zorba's!! It's my go to place to eat whenever I'm in the downtown area of Pittsburgh! They are fast pace and the food is made to order which is amazing. My absolute favorite item on their menu is their steak salad it always leaves my mouth watering for more not to mention it's so fulfilling, you will definitely be stuff. If you haven't I highly recommend you try out Zorbas you won't regret it!” -Yelp review
An old-fashioned Greek diner with spunky takes on the classic gyro
2937 W Liberty Ave
We’re not talking about the ’80s song by Suzanne Vega. We’re talking about South Hills’ Tom’s Diner. This place replicates a classic American/Greek diner with a black and white checkered floor to prove it.
Their Greek breakfast includes a gyro omelette special and a Greek breakfast burrito, both of which include eggs and gyro meat. Their gyro selection itself is extensive, offering both gyro meat and chicken. One such option is the Hera Gyro, if none of the other Greek God Sandwiches suit your fancy.
They also offer a few different take on the traditional gyro cone, and that’s the gyro fries and pizza. The gyro fries are topped with spicy feta cheese sauce and mozzarella, and the gyro pizza features feta, tomatoes, and black olives. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their Wedgies—folded, stuffed pizza dough—in the Gyro or Super Gyro variety.
“Yesterday, for breakfast, I got the gyro omelette, which was large and delicious and came with potatoes and toast. My partner got the Greek Benedict and really enjoyed the feta.
Aside from breakfast, Tom's is one of my favorite places for late night snacks - gyro fries and pizza sticks are always a good choice.” -Yelp review
Craving gyro in the Burgh? Be sure to try out one of these spots for the Greek specialty in addition to some interesting dishes, there’s plenty of places to chose from. Help make the same choice easier on a friend by giving him or her a prepaid GiftYa to the restaurant, and hope they save it for a night when you’re there!