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Pickup or delivery, it’s consistent and fresh

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Chicken Gyro Delicious

83 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream

(516) 561-5500,

www.chickengyrodelicious.com

This column is written from the heart because over the years, I’ve enjoyed numerous items from the Chicken Gyro Delicious menu. Whether I’ve picked up my food or had it delivered, it’s been totally consistent … always fresh and tasty. Everything is made to order, from their authentic Greek specialties to their American style choices.

Originally from Greece, Stefanos Milonas and Ionnis Dinos opened their shop in 1993. They credit members of their families for their home-style cooking expertise. “My mother, who is 80, still makes the spinach pie,” Milonas said. This is one of my favorite items — large enough to share, a light flaky filo pastry filled with fresh spinach, feta cheese, onions and spices.

“We started out with four walls and fixed it up the way we wanted it,” Milonas said. “To this day, it’s the same as it was originally, and most of the staff has been here for over 20 years. We are like a family, and work like a team. And we serve our customers food we would happy with, ourselves.”

What’s amazing is the promptness of their deliveries (which I can attest to, first hand.) They might tell you an hour, but in reality, it’s usually much faster. And invariably, what should be hot arrives hot — even in cold weather.

The bill of fare is diverse, featuring salads (spinach, Greek, Caesar, Mediterranean or chicken or tuna salad over greens), burgers and sandwiches. Buckets of chicken, ribs and fried seafood can be ordered ala carte/by the piece, or go with dinners that include a choice of two sides. Fried chicken will give you batter-dipped in healthy oils, with skin removed from the breasts and thighs.

If you’re craving gyro (strips of meat or chicken cooked on a vertical rotisserie) or souvlaki (skewers of cubed pork or chicken), this is the place to try. Both can be ordered as a sandwich — in pita bread with all the trimmings — or as a dinner. The latter includes Greek salad, fries or rice, Tzatziki sauce and pita on the side. Beverages and desserts are available too.

Delivery covers Valley Stream, Lynbrook and Malverne. For pick-up, call ahead and it will be ready when you arrive. Catering trays and party packages are available, and only need a few hours notice. Delivery hours are 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., and pick-up starts at 10:30 a.m. An order from the website includes a 5 percent discount.