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Greek t at Pit


by Joan Westlake


Delicious, authentic Mediterranean fare can be found at Pitta Souvli, tucked away on the northwest corner of Alma School and Germann roads. Well into their fourth year of business, owners George and Jamie Charalambaus say while signage restrictions can make fi nding the café an adventure, more and more Chandler residents are fi nding out what a treasure the restaurant is. In addition to the owners’ warm welcome and the inviting atmosphere, the star attraction is the cuisine of George’s native Cyprus. Early this summer, Jamie joined her husband on their annual visit to relatives and chef friends around the jewel of an island that Marc Antony considered to be worthy as a gift to Cleopatra. Jamie says in addition to visiting family, they always get inspired by the region and bring back new recipes to add to the menu.


Tuesdays are Two for $10 – order two gyros or two chicken gyro pitas for $10. Lamb Wednesdays feature $4 off the lamb chop platter or $2 off lamb burgers. Happy hour is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with appetizer and beer specials plus half-price wine in bottles or glasses. Stay in Chandler and take a trip through the fl avors of Cyprus with the pikila appetizer plate ($12.80) offering a taste of hummus, baba ganoush, dolmades, spanakopita and falafel croquettes. For $20 each and minimum of two, get immersed in the traditional Greek Tavernas’ way of dining. Begin with appetizing hummus, baba ganoush, dolmades, feta and olives. Next is a Greek salad, tzatziki and a


See Pitta Souvli Page 46 Celebrate Dad by Charlotte Hodel Show the special dad or


father fi gure in your life how much he means to you by sharing a scrumptious meal with him, enjoying a few jazz tunes together or even taking a dip at a poolside party. It’s all available in or near the SanTan Sun area with these special events.


Eat, putt


Dads choose from a traditional Father’s Day picnic or brunch buffet at Bernard’s Ocotillo Golf Resort in the Crown Terrace Ballroom and fi nish the round with a Family Putting Course Competition to be held on Terrace Court, Sun., June 19. The picnic and Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


MY GUY: The SanTan Sun area provides ample opportunity to spend quality time with the special man in your life this Father’s Day.


station, dessert selections and a Bloody Mary bar.


The cost for adults is $24.95, children 6 to 12 are $8.95 and ages 5 and older are complimentary.


For reservations, call 480-917-6660, or stop by Bernard’s at Ocotillo, located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. in Chandler.


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A special menu features traditional breakfast selections such as summer salads, carved New York strip, cold poached salmon, Chef Carlo’s specialties, a burrito- and eggs-to-order


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June 18 - July 1, 2011


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LOCAL TREASURE: Pitta Souvli Chef Alfonso Acosta prepares a meal in the Mediterranean restaurant.


More top pops


Four top SanTan Sun fathers were honored at a recent reception at the SanTan Honda Superstore of Chandler, which also donated refreshments. Area businesses donating prizes to the dads were American Furniture Gallery, for a free recliner, valued at $300, for the top dad, and gift certifi cates for the second, third and fourth place winners; V’s Barbershop at Fulton Ranch Promenade, gift certifi cate; DC Steakhouse in downtown Chandler, dinner gift cards; SanTan Honda Superstore in Chandler, Olive Garden gift cards, movie passes; La Vida Massage, gift


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THANKS: SanTan Honda Superstore of Chandler’s Charr Johnson receives a gift basket of appreciation from SanTan Sun News’ Publisher Laurie Fagen for organizing the Mom of the Year and Dad of the Year receptions.


card; Michael Pollack, Pollack Tempe Cinemas, movie tickets; Ocotillo Golf Resort, golf package; Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, gift car and Wildlife Callers with an electronic game calling device.


While it was not possible to select all the fathers nominated, all the letters received follow, with some editing for space considerations. Here are the letters of nomination for the Dad of the Year 2011:


SanTan Sun News Dad of the Year 2011: Tim Wolfe, Countryside Estates My husband, Tim is an amazing husband, father and provider. We have two beautiful children, 13 and 14 ... and he raised two children every other week on his own before I stepped into the picture 19 years ago. His job requires him to travel a lot, but when he is home, he still fi nds time to help with homework, volunteers to teach a junior high class at church, instructs Junior Achievement to a weekly Marcos de Niza High School class and coaches our daughter’s softball team. He is an amazing dad who never asks for anything for himself and will stretch himself as far as possible to help our children. We are very blessed to have this amazing man in our lives. Celeste Wolfe


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