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Glenn J. Nashen grabs a kosher slice at PizzaPita Prime

    PizzaPita has been going strong in the Snowdon area for more than 30 years. With their recent move across Decarie Boulevard to the former Pizza Hut location in front of Decarie Square, at the corner of Decarie and Vezina, they have a prime spot to garner the attention of thousands of commuters, shoppers and locals each and every day. Hence they’ve rebranded PizzaPita to PizzaPita Prime.

    The new, pristine restaurant has become Take-Out only with some room to linger and eat on the surrounding picnic tables out front.

    “The pandemic has given us the opportunity to finesse our business model,” says co-owner Chaim Speigelman. “We’ve improved upon every aspect and now focus on serving up quality Kosher dishes as fast as we can. We are much faster and more efficient for take-out, delivery and catering.” 

    I recently visited the iconic diner at its new location and was impressed with the setup and operation as well as it’s gregarious and personable co-owners, brothers Chaim and Tzvi Speigelman.

    I started with a Hawaiian pizza with a tangy and savory tomato sauce, garnished plentifully with ‘beyond’ pepperoni (ie. vegetarian), pineapple, banana peppers and mozzarella cheese on a crispy crusted pizza pie. They have over 20 different pizzas to suit every taste and offer whole wheat dough and thick dough options.

    All dishes at this restaurant are vegetarian and even vegan friendly. In fact, Chaim told me that several patrons return regularly even though they are not kosher. They enjoy the vegetarian and vegan options. I also had a sampling of french fries, onion rings and crispy fresh mozzarella sticks. They were all well-seasoned, tasty, but not oily.

    Next I tried the vegetarian Shawarma. It was packed with Israeli salad, red cabbage, white cabbage, eggplant, lettuce, pickles, onion, hot pepper, hummus, baba ghannouj, salade cuit, tehina and hot sauce. I chose a whole wheat pita from the options available. The Middle Eastern sandwich was very tasty and quite filling. PizzaPita Prime offers up 10 different falafel and shawarma dishes.

    I ended my meal with a sweet treat of chocolate chip cookies. It was fresh and chewy just as I like it. They feature several types of in-house baked cookies, mandel bread, lava cake and sponge cake.

    The restaurant offers many other options for kosher, vegetarian and vegan customers from pasta to fish to custom wraps. While pizza is a mainstay of this reputable restaurant along the Decarie strip, don’t forget to try some of their popular falafel and shawarma offerings as well as their appetizers, soups and side dishes.

    The well-known restaurant also features an ice cream section under the name MooMoo. Individual ice cream can be purchased on-site or decadent ice cream cakes are available for take-out for birthdays and other celebrations. These specialty cakes are brought in from New York’s famous Ice Cream House.

    While they are obviously closed on Jewish holidays and Shabbat they do open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM, Fridays from 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturdays opening 90 minutes after Shabbat ends until 2 AM. Orders can be placed by phone for pickup or delivered via UberEats, Skip The Dishes, DoorDash, or GOLO. In order to abide by sanitary guidelines pickup lanes have been set up for the delivery right to your car.

    As they also own the nearby Le Living Room facility, catering is available not only for delivery but for celebrations on-site such as office parties, birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, bris, and other celebrations.. Contact Tzvi at 514–651–5271.

    PizzaPita Prime is located at 6415 Decarie Boulevard, in the parking lot of Decarie Square at the corner of Vezina Street. Call 514-731-PITA (7482) or order online at www.pizzapita.com.

    Glenn J. Nashen

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