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   TIFFANY'S  PIZZA AND GREEK CUISINE
 
 
 
2012 - Spring Issue
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
World Cuisine
 
Article: Jessica Muncrief
Photos: Bill Faulkner
 
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For real Greek cuisine in Las Cruces, there is only one place to go. Just across from the mall in the Telshor Tower Plaza, Tiffany's Pizza and Greek Cuisine has been building a loyal fan base over the past 15 years. The place is regularly busy and bustling and for good reason; it looks and smells just like the restaurant you would find on a back street corner in Athens, the type of place the locals frequent.

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Tiffany's Pizza
& Greek Cuisine

755 S Telshor Dr.
Telshor Tower Plaza G1
Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-532-5002
In true Greek style, it is a family owned and operated eatery with husband and wife team of Anastasios and Barbara Rammos personally preparing every meal. "We are a true mom and pop place," says Barbara, "I've seen it the other way, but there is just no way to get the quality we want unless we do it ourselves." And I can attest that the food is pretty fabulous and very authentic. However, it is the friendly, welcoming, and humorous personalities of Barbara and Anastasios that really give this restaurant heart. Anastasios reminds me of the fabled Zorba the Greek with his boisterous personality, infectious laugh and a constant twinkle in his eye. He greets customers, both first timers and regulars, as if they are old friends and immediately makes them feel at home. "We talk to everybody," he says with a smile, "Personality is very important to us." He traces his roots in Greece back to Olympia and Athens where he lived until deciding to explore the world as a sailor. He "jumped ship" in the 1970s to live in Texas, met Barabara through the Greek community in El Paso in the 1980s and they settled in Las Cruces, opening the restaurant named after their daughter in 1996. Barbara, the quintessential Greek mother, hails from Glyfada, a suburb of Athens. She is attentive, personable and passionate about cooking. She lightheartedly quotes a character from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, saying, "He's the head of the family, but I'm the neck."

Just like a typical Greek lunch cantina, you order and pay at the counter, beyond which you can see and smell the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. Meat kebabs of 60 percent beef and 40 percent lamb slowly roast and the tender meat is shaved off with a sharp knife. This is the famous Greek gyro (a helpful sign sits next to the register letting you know it's pronounced "Yee-Ro") and at Tiffany's you can get it in traditional pita form, on a pizza, or as topping on your salad. The pizza is quite fabulous with its tasty melted feta, but the gyro pita is the most popular dish. It comes wrapped with lettuce, onions and tomatoes in warm, buttery pita bread. This same delicious pita bread is cut into triangles for dipping for the combo dip appetizer, which comes with an array of eggplant dip, hummus and tzatiki (all homemade) topped with olives and drizzled in flavorful olive oil. The traditional spanakopita is a must try also. It is a creamy blend of feta, onions, dill weed, eggs and spinach baked into flakey phyllo dough. The Greek salad features crumbled feta and a savory dressing of lemon, olive oil, oregano and a touch of vinegar. For a heartier meal, I suggest the aromatic dish of chicken and potatoes generously seasoned with all the Greek spices and baked in the oven to crisp perfection. Tempting Greek dessert delicacies, such as a sweet walnut baklava (ask for it topped with ice cream for a baklava sundae) and crunchy wedding cookies dusted with powdered sugar, are also on hand. And by the way, the blended ice coffee far surpasses anything you could get at a drive thru window.

No matter what you order, you can be sure you are getting something freshly cooked and full of the flavors and spices that make Greek cuisine so special. As Barabara notes, "We grew up cooking. I've been cooking since I was five years old. I was raised right alongside mom in the kitchen. Cooking is in your blood when you're Greek." ///
 
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