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Bites Nearby: Try the Falafel at this Hidden Mediterranean Gem

Pita House is a hard-to-find eatery, but it's worth the search.

Three Village has no shortage of great eateries. They're so plentiful, in fact, that it's sometimes hard to decide where to go. To help you out, Three Village Patch picks a great restaurant each week either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. This week's choice is Pita House in East Setauket.

Overview: Pita House probably falls into the category of best-kept secrets in Three Village. This mid-sized, Zagat-rated restaurant with a full bar and about 20 tables is set so far back from Route 25A, almost entirely obscured by Wild by Nature and the neighboring stores, that it's easy to miss. But it's worth the hunt.

Decor: Majestic columns and arches, relief sculptures on the walls, and iron scrollwork give the restaurant a classic kind of feeling. It's bright and open, without feeling too overwhelming.

Drinks: The menu features Turkish liquors and wines in red and white varieties, along with a modest selection of domestic and imported beer.

Appetizers: Cold appetizers like stuffed grape leaves ($6.95) and hummus ($5.25) and hot appetizers like stuffed potato balls ($6.90) and Mediterranean-style calamari ($7.90) will have you wondering whether to even order an entree.

Entrees: Whether a lunch special ($5.95-$10) or a dinner entree ($13.50-$20.50), Pita House sticks close to tried-and-true Mediterranean staples: kebabs, platters of lamb, chicken, filet mignon, swordfish or vegetables over rice, all served with warm pita bread and yogurt sauce, and big, fat gyros. The falafel ($8.50) is crispy with mild spices, served with rice and grilled vegetables.

Service: Definitely friendly, although like many places, consistency can vary with the crowds. Owner and chef Joff Sahin makes frequent appearances in the dining room to talk with customers.

Pita House
100-27 South Jersey Avenue, East Setauket
631-675-9052
Price: $$

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