Fall in love with fresh food: Pita My Heart opens today

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The Pita My Heart crew gathers Sunday night for a final bit of preparation before Tuesday's official opening. Pictured, from left, are Macie Queen, Jacob De La Vega, assistant manager Jackie Cornell, owners Eric Roark and Katie De La Vega, John Antolini, Makayla McElwayne and Hannah Schoolcraft. Not pictured is Cody Perrine.

Today is the day the pita will steal your heart.

That’s right: Buckhannon’s newest downtown eatery, Pita My Heart, will officially start serving their signature sandwiches, salads and smoothies for the first time when the doors open at 10 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, April 9.

Owners Katie De La Vega and Eric Roark look forward to offering their fresh, healthy menu to the Upshur County community.

“Our goal is to offer a fresh, healthy and fast alternative to the comfort foods that are so common in Buckhannon, so it didn’t take long to settle on a Mediterranean menu,” De La Vega said. “We look forward to serving the community.”

Sourced from local ingredients whenever possible, the list of pitas runs the gamut from the traditional Greek gyro to the exotic falafel to favorites like chicken Caesar. Some classics have a fun, healthy twist, such as the chicken bacon ranch, with includes avocado and fresh cilantro.

The smoothies are meals unto themselves – 20 ounces chock full of frozen yogurt, fruits and juices. With flavors both mild and massive, they’ll transport you to the exotic locales from which they are named – whether you’re enjoying the mango-and-orange Beach Vibes or the pineapple-and-coconut Hawaiian Sunset.

The Kale Storm smoothie, meanwhile, matches the vibrant green color that accents the shop itself. And while the smoothie does feature plenty of kale, the dominant flavor comes from the fruit it also contains. It’s like drinking a crisp green apple, and it’s glorious.

The menu also includes salads – which draw inspiration from the pitas, except without the pita itself – and large blended coffees.

Pricing is simple: pitas are $7.49, smoothies $6.49 and blended coffees $4.95. Salads come in two sizes: a small is $5.49 and a large $7.49.

Special dietary needs? The salads can be ordered gluten free, but not the pitas – at least not yet. They’re still searching for the perfect gluten free pita bread.

While De La Vega and Roark are no strangers to the local business scene – they own the Social, just down the street – they’ve also added some restaurant expertise by hiring Jackie Cornell as assistant manager. She’ll help oversee a staff that currently totals nine.

Pita My Heart is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It’s located a stone’s throw from Main Street at 14. N Kanawha Street, near Miss Piggies and across from the Moose Lodge.

Eat in or take out. Pita My Heart also offers delivery to anyone within a five-mile radius – just call 304-516-8542 to place your order.

Want to learn more? Give their Facebook page a thumbs up: www.facebook.com/PitaMyHeart.

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Hannah Schoolcraft and Makayla McElwayne prepare two fresh pita sandwiches.
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A sampling of the falafel salad.
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The chicken bacon ranch pita has a few fun surprises, like avocado and fresh cilantro.
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My Buckhannon editor Katie Kuba is all smiles as she samples the gyro.
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Fun, trendy and traditional.
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Pita My Heart is located at 14. N Kanawha Street.