Before pocketing sandwich ingredients, pita bread was used to make landscapes for action-figure reenactments of the lunar landing. Indulge in pita innovations with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of kosher Mediterranean fare for dinner at Olympic Pita.
Olympic Pita serves up traditional Middle Eastern dishes made of high-quality kosher ingredients in a bright neighborhood café. An open, brick tandoor oven enkindles fresh sesame-dotted pita ($2) before hummus handlers craft sandcastle shapes out of blended chickpeas ($6.50). The shawarma sandwich ($10.95), a slow-roasted blend of chicken and lamb seasoned with spices and wrapped in a tandoor-baked pita, fills stomachs with sustenance more flavorful than snacks of foam packing peanuts. A falafel combination platter, served with a choice of two side dishes, one soda, one salad, and homemade laffa bread ($15.95), earns praise for its size and interchangeable parts, much like Henry Ford's first Model T factory. Indulge blocks left alongside the food pyramid with layered-up baklava ($6.95) or sweet tiramisu cake ($7.95).
Patrons sit side-by-side in Olympic Pita's intimate dining room, where bright light reflects off yellow walls and banquettes before being absorbed by the polished, black tables and solar panels disguised as busboys.
In the summer of 2010, chefs at Olympic Pita fried the world's largest falafel ball, a 30-pound behemoth of chickpeas and spices that aimed to put the restaurant in Guinness World Records. Though the chefs' boundless enthusiasm for Middle Eastern fare delighted news crews and fed Upstate's expansive yeti population, it's the day-to-day sizzling of kosher Israeli fare that continues to captivate the taste buds of locals. Foodies at Village Voice called the kebabs "splendid," and marveled at the regular replenishing of steaming pitas. Barkeeps pour imported beers and wines that team up with pitas to ignite appetites for entrees such as the chicken-and-turkey shawarma, which New York magazine praised for its juiciness and knack for accessorizing with eclectic condiments.
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