Opening in 1987, the Pita house has been a staple in Greenville for the last 28 years.
But how did it all start?
This Christian-Palestinian family are Israeli citizens who were originally from Shefa –Amr, an Arab village in the Northern District of Israel, about 12 miles from larger cities Haifa, Akko, and Nazareth.
In the 1980’s, Zuhair Namouz came to Greenville because he had a friend attending Greenville Tech. Being immigrants; they wanted to live near someone they already knew. After working on an assembly line, Zuhair needed back surgery and a new line of work. He knew there was nothing like the Pita House in Greenville. Along with brothers Nazih and Ziad Namouz, they opened with “…Mom’s recipes and made adjustments to suit the nature of the country and the customer,” explains Zuhair. For instance, falafel is in a pita sandwich in their country, but here folks wanted it on a plate. “In the beginning it was hard for us to understand that someone needed falafel on a plate, but we see the demand and people asking, so we adjusted and put it on a plate.”
A few favorites are the vegetarian plate,
falafel and hummus plate and the
Middle Eastern Plate, which comes with either chicken, beef or gyro meat.
After 5pm, you can enjoy their grilled kabobs served on rice with a side.
All come with pita bread and with bottles of tahini and homemade hot sauce, which is absolutely addicting. Shhhh....if you can't get enough, you can buy it in their grocery.
Make sure you order the lemonade on crushed ice made with real lemons and real sugar. In the front case, there's plenty of delicious Lebanese pastries to please anyone's sweet tooth.
Pita Bread is one piece of dough that goes through an 850°F oven for only 10-15 seconds. The secret to baking the bread is the high heat. The dough has yeast, which is a bacteria. The moment it goes into the oven, the yeast grows and seconds later, the heat kills the bacteria turning it into a gas, which pushes itself out, creating the PUFF in the pita bread.
If there's squash or grape leaves available when you visit, grab a side order!
Lots of love and hard work goes into their delicious stuffed grape leaves, as proudly displayed by Nazih Namouz.
Need a hookah? How about some zaatar? A visit to the Pita House wouldn't be complete without a stroll through their grocery. There's plenty of speciality products that you can only find here.
The Pita House's homemade hot sauce is BEYOND!
“When you're serving the same food everyday, you got to have it consistent.”
Thanks Pita House Family. Greenville wouldn't be the same without you.