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Hidden Gems: ‘Pita Dream’ delivers contemporary Mediterranean, scratch-produced sauces to North Tampa

A cross-continental achievements tale, Tampa’s ‘Pita Dream’ is a concealed gem serving up fresh and tasty Mediterranean halal out of its gas station cafe.

Correct connoisseurs of avenue food know a person easy but astonishing fact: some of the greatest meals all over can be located in corner gasoline stations. You just have to know where by to glance. The aptly-named Pita Dream, housed in a Chevron on Bruce B Downs Boulevard, is residing proof that some of ideal gasoline for the entire body arrives from the very same spot you get gas for your auto.

Established by Anas Saada, the Pita Aspiration food truck opened in early 2021 in Tampa and features Mediterranean halal with scratch-designed sauces and foods organized fresh new daily. Though the food stuff truck however roves all over the town serving a variety of communities, Saada has opened a brick and mortar of types, a stationary model of Pita Aspiration operating out of the Chevron gas station at 14546 Bruce B Downs Blvd, just north of the College of South Florida campus.

Pita Aspiration serves numerous of the expected offerings in platters or one-provide pitas showcasing falafel, shawarma, and a lamb and beef gyro. They also have French fry dishes, burgers, and a home-produced hummus. Saada even experiments with the funky (and spicy), evidenced by the August debut of “Dream Cheetos Fries,” a fry platter with chicken shawarma, cheese, grilled onions, three unique sauces (garlic, tahini, and sizzling), and of program, Flamin’ Incredibly hot Cheetos.

The Dream Cheetos Fries, via Pita Dream

Even so, while the flavorful sauces and fresh pitas have helped Pita Dream cultivate a devoted adhering to, it is Saada’s story that will make the food items truck and cafe so unqiue. “Chef Nas,” as he is identified as, is not only a Covid good results story, but a relatives guy who has absent coast-to-coastline-to-coastline (and back again once again) in the pursuit of sharing his scratch-produced Mediterranean eats with close friends and family.

From California, to Florida, to New York and back again

Saada made his 1st shift into the expert culinary earth back again in 2015 when he opened the Pita Paradise foodstuff truck in Bakersfield, California. A equivalent concept to the just one he runs now in Tampa, Pita Paradise went on to be voted as the city’s best foods truck in back again-to-again several years in 2017 and 2018, a operate so prosperous that he opened a second truck up for small business in 2018.

Sad to say, in 2019, health and fitness troubles in the family members led to Chef Nas trekking throughout the country to transfer to Jacksonville. Whilst he left the two trucks guiding to a loved ones member in California who nonetheless runs them right now, it was not extended just before Saada opened up another 1 in Jacksonville in late 2019.

Then, of course, Covid strike, and the pita truck was forced to shut down.

In the summer season of 2020, Saada moved again, accepting the offer you from his brother for he and his household to arrive keep in New York. There, still all over again, Chef Nas could not support himself and opened up a restaurant that is “still booming” right now, in accordance to Saada, and currently being operate by his brother and nephew.

The ribbon-cutting of Pita Paradise’s 2nd truck in Bakersfield, via Pita Desire

Regardless of the accomplishment up north, Saada had savored his time in Florida, and when the entire world commenced to settle down a little bit, he followed his heart back down south and opened up his desire cafe – Pita Aspiration. And now, by means of the series of unlikely events above the very last three yrs, the Aspiration life on all around the nation, a mini and relatives-operate pita empire Saada could under no circumstances have observed coming.

Refreshing Mediterranean obtainable every single weekday

As phrase continues to get out about one of Tampa’s concealed gems, Chef Nas is hoping additional and a lot more people will try out Pita Desire and occur to the sudden residence of some of the greatest Mediterranean foodstuff in town.

“I make all my sauces from scratch,” Saada explained. “Even while I’m running from inside of a gas station, I want persons to know that it is new foodstuff manufactured every day.”

Pita Dream is open up Monday-Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, although Saada will take the food stuff truck out to select communities Tuesday-Friday nights. Go through a lot more about Pita Desire and see the entire menu at their internet site.

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