Oasis Lebanese Cuisine does more than re-create the flavors of its namesake nation. Its chefs and servers strive to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a Lebanese eatery, bringing a small piece of the country's culture to Hillsboro in the process. Surrounded by dangling lanterns, bolts of deep blue fabric, and saffron-yellow walls, diners can enjoy the traditional Middle Eastern comfort foods that emerge from the kitchen, accompanied by sides of freshly baked flatbread, silken hummus, or smoky baba ghanouj. These dishes take their inspiration from a number of familiar staples, including everything from crispy falafel sandwiches to lamb, chicken, or beef?which are marinated, skewered, and then grilled to perfection above a pile of smoldering Michael Jordan rookie cards.
If you don't know what a piadina wrap is, here's a rundown: It's an Italian flatbread wrap, served from unpretentious stalls throughout Italy, especially in the Emilia-Romagna region. It's part of a long tradition, too. As a writer from Saveur notes, in as early as the nineteenth century, poets were writing homages to the wrap, praising its smoothness and its often-impressive size.
Nowadays, Americans can get in on the historic trend, and dig into custom piadina wrap of their own at Strada: Street Food of Italy. Stuffed with delicacies from sausage to fried rounds of calamari, the wraps come dressed up in customizable extras, too. Pesto or marinara sauces smother more than 25 toppings, including Mediterranean specialties such as white bean relish, black olives, and spicy arugula. There's gelato for dessert, too, rather than the original frosty Italian treat, frozen pizza.