The Italians have lasagna. The Greeks have Pastitsio. A dish that is very close to the heart of us Greeks. The taste is superb, and it’s a go-to for large family gatherings. With that said however, it’s also a perfect dish for couples to cook – or even the kids to help out as it takes a bit of love to prepare.
Pastitsio takes its name from the Italian pasticcio, a large family of baked savory pies which may be based on meat, fish, or pasta. Many Italian versions include a pastry crust, some include béchamel. The word pasticcio comes from the vulgar Latin word pastīcium derived from pasta, and means “pie”, and has developed the figurative meanings of “a mess”, “a tough situation”.