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Jan 18 – A foodie’s odyssey of the Greek variety

Pitta Souvli Mediterranean Grill
1940 S Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-907-5893
www.pittasouvli.com
 
Organized by: Pat and Fred

We started 2014 with a big “Opa!” by visiting Pitta Souvli in Chandler. This charming place boasts a focus on preparing everything daily and using the “freshest most natural ingredients”. It is clear that the word about this place is out because the place was rockin’ on a Saturday night. This caused quite a bit of a wait for our food, but the fresh flavors are worth the time spent in anticipation and are served by people who have a real love for the food. Never trust a restaurant owner who doesn’t have a passion for their dishes!

For starters we tried the weekly special of Spicy Jalapeno and Avocado Hummus, which was a must for this crowd of hummus fans. We also ordered the Greek Fries, which is steak fries in a secret dressing and topped with feta cheese and tomatoes, plus Grilled Halloumi, a native cheese of Cyprus and supposedly the only grillable cheese. Like Homer and his doughnuts… “mmmm cheeeeese” For a grilled cheese, it was surprisingly cool and not what I expected, but the Greek Fries packed a punch to my taste buds. Must have been the magical feta. 🙂

For our entrees, many of us enjoyed the evening special of fresh ravioli with artichoke and with a light lemon and oil sauce. Some added shrimp and some went the meatless route but all of us agreed that it was delicious! The flavors were so fantastic and the pasta was light and fresh.

Also tried was the Grilled Mushroom Platter, Gyro Platter, Lamb Souvlaki Platter, and the Pork Souvlaki Platter. All platters were served with greek salad, roasted potatoes, pitta bread, and the glorious tzatziki. Don’t be fooled, the portion sizes are enormous and many of us took some home to savor all over again the next day.

Beverages for the evening was a Greek red wine, which was surprisingly very light and a little sweet, as well as Pinot Grigio and some beers on tap.

We rounded out the evening with some desserts and coffee. Word of warning, the Baklava is sweet enough to share with many – one bite packs a punch enough to satisfy any sweet cravings. But you absolutely can’t miss the phyllo pastry that is topped with cinnamon and sugar. Devine! Only problem is we were so stuffed we could barely manage a bite.

We had a 3G kind of evening: great food, great friends, and a great time. It was another delicious adventure for our spoiled taste buds!

Καλή χρονιά! (Happy New Year!)

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