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Pitta Souvli - Chandler, AZ

yamalam Feb 6, 2008 10:03 AM

My latest favorite neighborhood joint! It suffers from a horrible location in a S. Chandler strip mall, as if that weren't horrible enough on it's own, on the NWC of Alma School and Germann. It's really hard to find, tucked away in the Mountainside Fitness Plaza towards the far west corner. But once you get there, it's pretty cute, with 10 or so tables inside, a granite bar with a few stools in the back, and a little fenced off patio area with lights and ivy. I like that they offer regular table service as opposed to the fast casual model/ order at the counter/QSR, whatever you want to call it. The menu features the usual Mediterranean faves, your Hummus, BabaG, Souvlaki, etc, all of which are solid. My routine is to start with the Black Bean Hummus ($3.80), delicious thanks to it's creamy texture, unexpected flavor combo, and abundant pita bread it comes with. From there I like the Tabbouleh($6.50), Lentil Salad($7.50) or Horiatiki Salad($8), depending on my mood. All three are great, you can tell they're made with quality olive oil, and fresh herbs and veggies. Usually that fills me up, but I have tried the Gyros and Chicken Souvlaki, and both were great, though I liked the chicken better. It was perfectly cooked, slightly charred on the outside but moist inside. I ordered the gyros to go and they were cold by the time I got home so I will wait to pass judgement on those. Another time I ordered the Grilled Halloumi appetizer at the owner's recommendation but it was a slight let down- only 5 or so smallish pieces of cheese and so simple that I felt I could've made it at home. Still good flavor, but not something I'll go for again. I haven't been to Spices on McClintock, but I have tried Chef H and Dooby's and Pitta Souvli definitely held it's ground against these spots. In my handful of lunch and dinner visits, it has yet to be more than 50% full, so I hope more people find it before they go out of business and I have to revert to Daphne's for my short haul hummus cravings.

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  1. yamalam RE: yamalam Feb 6, 2008 10:05 AM

    http://www.pittasouvli.com

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    Pitta Souvli
    1940 S Alma School Rd Ste 5, Chandler, AZ 85286

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      ziggylu RE: yamalam Feb 6, 2008 02:37 PM

      Thanks for the review...I've seen this place when I've driven down to my parents and wondered.

      Definitely give Spices a try. It's my favorite in this area by far. Fantastic everything but particularly the hummous and the chicken schwarma. Skip the gyro.

      Gyro Express at Dobson/Chandler also serves a great gyro(this is the reason to go there) for $5.

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        Sophia58 RE: yamalam Apr 8, 2008 01:59 PM

        Pitta Souvli is amazing - the folks at Cactus Bike next door suggested we eat while we waited for a minor repair. Taking their advice was the best decision - the restaurant in clean, the ambiance is relaxed and the food is amazing. The owners - Jamie and George...along with the rest of the family and staff are a lot of fun, plus J & G always come to the table to see if your meal was good...You can never go wrong with the Lentil Salad, Greek Salad; even the burgers are great! It may be off the beaten path, but more than worth the adventure!!! Enjoy!

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          Beavis RE: yamalam May 11, 2009 01:39 PM

          This place has a nice happy hour, 50% off drinks and most apps.

          I went in two weeks ago and had the Greek Nachos(Tortilla chips topped with our Black Bean hummus melt, tomatoes, feta, olives and tzatziki) and the Dolmades. Good and filling, I had some of the stuffed grape leaves left over. The nachos were very good, the black bean hummus melt is very tasty. Took some jalapeno hummus home for my wife, it was fantastic.

          Went back on mother's day. We had some guacummus, avacado hummus, spanakopita, and a greek burger. All of it was good. I found the burger very enjoyable. the meat was nice and firm with just a hint of grill flavor. The feta and tzatziki added nice flavor. It was very satisfying.

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            aeiou RE: yamalam May 12, 2009 04:11 PM

            This place is head-and-shoulders above any other Greek/Mediterranean food I've had in the Valley. Everything is fresh and flavorful, perfectly cooked, no ridiculous portions-in-lieu-of-quality, the chef comes out and talks to your table individually, great happy hour...anything else? Well, if you find places like Daphne's and My Big Fat Greek Restaurant acceptable, we might just have different palettes. If you like beautifully crafted, fresh and authentic food (among the American favorites), you must make the effort and try this place. Let's not let another fantastic Valley restaurant fail because we're too lazy to drive past the cluster of crap-tastic chains!
            Try it!

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              danieli10 RE: aeiou May 12, 2009 08:12 PM

              I will go ahead and try as it is near my office with one caveat: it must be way better than My Big Fat Horrible Greek Joke of a Restaurant. I've never been to Daphne's, but am not inclined.

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                yamalam RE: danieli10 May 13, 2009 12:07 PM

                It is way better! And cheaper too. And they don't yell opa when you walk in the door

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                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: danieli10 May 14, 2009 12:18 PM

                  Daphne's is barely acceptable food-court Greek food. I'll eat it before I go to My Big Fat Greek, but just about any other option is better than both of them.

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                Beavis RE: yamalam Jun 4, 2009 12:57 PM

                Went back and had the greek burger again last week. It was just as satisfying. The flavors really blend together nicely.

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                  Beavis RE: yamalam Sep 20, 2009 04:22 PM

                  I went in last week with my young daughter for a quick bite at happy hour. We shared a greek nachos. My wife's birthday was in a few days and I asked about specials. There wasn't much going on the day of her birthday but the chef came out and asked me what he could make for us. We discussed a few options and my wife decided on the rack of lamb. The chef made up rack of lamb for two over brown rice (at my request) with some veggies and salad. My wife had just had a baby a month ago and we didn't want to go out so they plated everything for me to take home. They cooked the lamb for both of us to order and we had the three cheese pastry for desert. The lamb with the "skewer sauce" was fantastic. The veggies were great with the rice and the salad was nice the next night with the greek enchiladas (we were too stuffed to finish the salad that night and decided to try the other potion we talked about too). We paired the meal with a bottle of Rodney Strong Cab.

                  It was a great expirience being able to bring home a ready to serve meal for my wife and I to share over a movie for her birthday. Great gift from a great restruant.

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                    Beavis RE: Beavis Nov 7, 2009 03:04 PM

                    Pitta is having a 2nd anniversary celebration this weekend. Belly dancers tonight. Half off wine bottles and apps this weekend.

                    Went in today with the family and white bean and artichoke hummus was sooo good, as was the ahi bruschetta. They say they are taking reservations this weekend.

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                    Beavis RE: yamalam Jan 7, 2010 01:10 PM

                    Pitta Souvli has recently added an open faces tuna melt to the menu (if it isn't there when you go in request it).

                    Nice, thick, chunky tuna in olive oil and capers served open-faced. It is a great sandwich and I was told this iss the same tuna as used on the tuna salad, so that should be great too.

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                      loriville RE: yamalam Jan 7, 2010 08:07 PM

                      I love this place! My family & I go here all the time- I have never been disappointed.

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                        AguasFrescas RE: yamalam Nov 15, 2010 01:53 PM

                        Just tried Pitta Souvli today for a quick takeout lunch. Good rec on the black bean hummus. I definitely will go back.

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                        Pitta Souvli
                        1940 S Alma School Rd Ste 5, Chandler, AZ 85286

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                          Beavis RE: yamalam Dec 28, 2010 08:07 PM

                          My family and I eat here at least twice a week. Took my inlaws here for gyro pitas and Greek nachos and they loved the food. Beer lovers will love the beer selection. Great stuff on tap and some good beers in the bottle (try the Greek beers). The Old Chub on tap right now is a great winter beer (8% though so don't have too many).

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                          Pitta Souvli
                          1940 S Alma School Rd Ste 5, Chandler, AZ 85286

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                            ziggylu RE: yamalam Sep 7, 2011 08:53 PM

                            We'd never made it here over all these years as we just never came down to the Ocotillo area to eat in all our years in Chandler...but we just moved down here and are trying to figure out what the good neighborhood spots are. Remembered reading about Pitta Souvli over the years so we stopped in tonight for a quick bite.

                            Hello! Welcome to the neighborhood! Definitely agree with all the positive things I've read in reviews here and other places. We had some of the dolmades and split the lamb souvlaki plate. The lamb was perfect - tender and full of flavor. The lemon roasted potatoes were absolutely delicious and just like I grew up on. I felt like I was back at home eating dinner my mom had made...nice to finally find some real greek food in the area. Going back to soon to try the avgolemono soup...have high hopes based on tonight's dinner.

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                            Pitta Souvli
                            1940 S Alma School Rd Ste 5, Chandler, AZ 85286

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