Pide is a type of Turkish flatbread baked with toppings in a stone oven. Usually served with pizza-like toppings it has a great resemblance to western-style pizza.
It seemed to us that Pide was a folded pizza. It also seemed that this fast-food was treated by Turks a lot like pizza is by Americans. Often being sold in pizzarias and often being brought to Omers door as a take-away dinner this was the least surprising dish we had in Turkey.
Opening the long rectangular box Omer sliced out the calzone-looking pide and told us to eat as much as we wanted. It was our first night in Istanbul and we were tired from traveling. Pide was just what we needed. With the familiar pizza-like crust and melted cheese but with tender beef instead of ham and tomato sauce it was the perfect comfort food. We loved the type stuffed with cubes of beef steak.