April 2017 Magazines - Page 82

Haute Spot A Decade of Good Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill By Aly Wagonseller MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO, MEHDI ZARHLOUL realized his dream of opening up a fast, casual restaurant that brought the flavors of his Moroccan childhood to the Vegas valley. Originally tucked behind a strip mall located on busy Horizon Ridge Dr. in Henderson, this self pro- claimed, “king of the pita”, founded a brand of quality, Mediterranean eateries synonymous with fresh flavors, friendly service and reasonable prices. And, despite the ups and downs of the volatile hospitality business, Crazy Pita restaurants successfully expanded, offering up locations in Downtown Summerlin (10975 Sage Park Dr. #100) and Town Square (6587 So. Las Vegas Blvd. #190), in addition to the District at Green Valley Ranch (2225 Village Walk Dr. #15); a location many consider the pita mother ship. Although Crazy Pita has been a go-to for many years, (I even ate in the tiny, original spot that you’d only have found if in the know), the food is still every bit as good as it was then – albeit with a few new options thrown in, and a story of community do-gooding that gives this local entrepreneur a special place in the hearts of many. 82 I’m a creature of habit when ordering off the extensive menu of Pita Wraps, Rotisserie Chicken, Skewer Plates and Salads. Almost without fail, I have the Mediterranean Salad chock full of chopped romaine lettuce, cucumber and roast- ed vegetables that include bell peppers, cauliflower and arti- choke hearts. The vegetables are always perfectly prepared, with crispy cucumber and briny Greek olives adding texture and saltiness, and a light vinaigrette providing the ideal acidic accompaniment to the veggies. And, despite other protein and vegetari