Naji’s Pita Gourmet stocks and cooks Middle Eastern foods of all kinds in their combination bakery, grocery store, and restaurant. The bakery is populated by warm and soft preservative-free pita bread, which bakers ship all across the country or turn into crunchy pita chips. In the restaurant, that same pita cradles tender slices of shawarma and gyro meat, dives into plates of hummus, and wraps up crunchy falafel. Patrons can try to mimic Naji’s fare at home after a stop at the grocery store to pick up olives, grape leaves, spice bends, and cardboard cut-outs of the cooks.
To ensure each of The Fish Market Restaurant?s dishes are as fresh as possible, the two families at the restaurant's helm carefully source the seafood in everything from the eatery?s classic fish and chips to the heartier charbroiled swordfish steak. The chefs often infuse their creations with Greek and Cajun flair by saut?ing shrimp with feta cheese and sliced olives or topping snapper with greek island Santorini wine sauce. Thanks to a constant influx of culinary inspiration, the menu expands regularly, adding to the custom selections available for off-site catering services that can nourish gatherings from small dinner parties to massive cloning experiments gone wrong.
Drawing on two decades of experience and culinary experimentation, the chefs at Petruccelli's Italian Eatery slip pastas and calzones into an oven, from which the aromas of garlic, basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes escape. In Hoover, their compatriots at Café Lazio press flatbread sandwiches and cut thin slices of capicolla, pancetta, and prosciutto. At both locations, sunshine pours down on outdoor patios, causing flowers to bloom and parasol salesmen to crawl from their caves.
An outing at Café Lazio dispatches taste buds on a tomato-filled odyssey to the shores of Italy, buoyed by a menu of pizzas, pastas, salads, and more. An order of bruschetta, with roma tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella ($5.95), shakes the cobwebs out of dark, hollow stomachs, and saucy circulars, such as the 14-inch margherita pizza ($12), delight incisors enamored of Euclidean geometry. Those seeking refuge from unrelenting phlebotomists can hunker behind the mushroom mounds and penne peaks of the chicken alfredo ($6.95) or the meaty strata of the beef lasagna ($6.25). Café Lazio also hosts live entertainment on Thursdays starting at 6 p.m., signaling the perfect time to unveil an arsenal of dance moves and complicated handshakes.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).