pas·​ti·​tsio | \ pä-ˈstēt-sē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce pastitsio (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pastitso \ pä-​ˈstēt-​(ˌ)sō How to pronounce pastitso (audio) \

Definition of pastitsio

: a Greek baked dish made of ground meat layered with pasta and usually topped with white sauce and cheese

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There will be food galore: homemade baklava, gyros, spanakopita, pastitsio, lamb sliders, Greek coffee, honey puffs and more. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Opa! Greek festival to offer food, music, dancing this weekend in Troy," 17 June 2019 Emmanuel puts a Rhodian spin on pastitsio, a layered casserole of pasta and ground beef in red sauce baked with a bechamel topping ($10.50), and revithokeftedes, Greek falafel ($7.50). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Authentic Greek to grab and go at the Grape Leaf," 2 Apr. 2018 Volunteers from Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral will prepare a yummy menu for visitors that includes souvlaki, pitas, pastitsio, gyros and Greek-style chicken. Mary Colurso |,, "Things to do in Birmingham, Sept. 17-23," 17 Sep. 2017 The day before, a group of men from the church, with Soulas in charge, met to turn 220 pounds of meat and 60 pounds of onion into pastitsio filling in two big vats at Camp Washington Chili. Polly Campbell,, "Cincinnati chili, a Greek church festival and the scent of cinnamon," 19 June 2017 There will be plenty of Greek foods available for sale, including souvlaki, pastitsio, spanakopita and gyros. Erin Gallagher, Daily Southtown, "Show Dad a fun time this Father's Day," 9 June 2017 Another dinner plate has pastitsio, also known as Greek lasagna; tiropita; Greek meatballs; salad; dolmades; and a roll. Judy Walker,, "Greek Fest 2017: This yogurt sauce is hard to spell, easy to make," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of pastitsio

circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pastitsio

Modern Greek, from Italian pasticcio

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