Summary: Bland. Loud. Pricey. Slow.
Location: By Pineview 10 Theaters
When I eat ethnic food I want to taste it. I want the gyro meat to have pzzazz, the sushi to be fresh, and the Thai spices to be exotic.
Mad Pita, a newly opened place by the Pineview Theater, has great potential. A good location. Pleasant, if slightly inefficient, staff. And a great premise… Greek food, fast.
Except… it wasn’t fast. And it was bland.
It lacked pizzaz. It lacked… well it lacked flavor. The hummus from Costco tastes better. The mint in the gyro overpowered the meat. And the pita bread fell apart as I tried to eat the gyro. It might have had more punch had the feta cheese intended to grace my gyro not arrived 10 minutes into the meal.
On the plus, the portions were large. Except that my wife told me she had paid extra, on the order of $8 bucks for the gyro “double double”. All of a sudden the value plummeted.
One can forgive slowness in an opening period, but our experience seemed excessive. We watched a slow trickle of food reach the table of people seated well before we arrived at the restaurant. Eventually we got ours.
We had high hopes. In fact we had dropped by three times hoping to find them open in the past few weeks.
Alas, I fear this establishment, in these tough times, won’t provide the flavor or value needed to survive much less thrive.
As for this frequent eater out… I’d just as soon spend 10 or 12 bucks for exotic cuisine Benja’s, or Samurai 21 or Basilas. Three places that meet the test for pizazz and good service.