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Gali's: 'A huge (Greek) sandwich' for a 'good price' in the South Hills

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:24 p.m.
JC Schisler | Tribune-Review
A selection ofGali's Homamade Greek Dressing sold inside Gali's Gyro & Grill in Pleasant Hills.
JC Schisler | Tribune-Review
Gali's Gyro & Grill 'Gyro Platter' (front) is served with fresh olives, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pita, feta cheese and Gyro meat. Also seen here is Spinach Pie (also known as Spanakopita) and an appetizer portion of Hummus.
JC Schisler | Tribune-Review
Dimitris and Ellie Georgalis stand inside their restaurant, Gali's Gyro & Grill, in Pleasant Hills. Dimitris is holding a serving of Spanakopita while Ellie is holding an order of Hummus and a Gyro Platter.

A Cretian couple bring a taste of their native Greek island to the South Hills at Gali's Gyro & Grill, where suburbanites can experience ethnic food.

Ellie and Dimitris Georgalis, a Baldwin couple who moved to the Pittsburgh area from Crete in 1999, opened Gali's on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills in 2005. Since then, the restaurant's customers — including families with kids, and business people during the lunch crowd — have given the owners rave reviews about the Greek and Mediterranean food, including gyros, meat platters, homemade soups and salads. Gali's diners have earned the eatery three Trib Total Media Reader's Choice Awards in recent years, including one for Best Ethnic Restaurant.

“Everybody loves the Greek food,” says Ellie Georgalis, 49. She works at the family-owned-and-operated restaurant about 13 hours a day, six days a week, and other family members sometimes come in to help.

Gali's bestseller is the large gyro ($6.19) with gyro meat wrapped in a 7-inch pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumber sauce. An extra-large gyro ($8.79) with an extra helping of meat satisfies the extra-hungry. Other top sellers include the appetizer dolmades (rice-stuffed grape leaves), which sell for $6.29 per dozen and $3.79 for six. An order of the appetizer spanakopita, two slices of spinach pie, sells for $4.99. Another appetizer, homemade hummus dip with pita, is a popular item at $4.29.

“For a very good price, we make a huge sandwich,” Ellie Georgalis says. “People love (Gali's) because they love good food and they love the good price.”

Other menu items include special Greek burgers ($6.99), with bifteki (seasoned, spiced ground beef) stuffed inside 7-inch pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumber sauce. Gali's, which seats 45 to 50 people, also offers several half- and full-length hoagies ($7.19 to $9.99) with fillings like steak, grilled chicken, gyro meat and fish. Entrees, available after 2 p.m., include lamb chops ($19.99), shish kebab ($18.99) and a rice pilaf plate (11.25).

After receiving many requests from customers, Gali's makes, bottles and sells its own salad dressing for $6.25. The restaurant also sells imported, half-liter bottles of Cretian olive oil for $6.75. Gali's staff offers a menu for takeout party trays, which customers can use for catering.

Gali's Gyro & Grill, 71 Clairton Blvd., Pleasant Hills, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Details: 412-655-2792 or www.galisgyroandgrill.com

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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