Let's talk about my favorite restaurant in Long Beach. Located on the ever-growing 3rd street in Long Beach, Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites is perhaps, my greatest find ever. I first went in November of 2018 and go at least every other month since! As you walk into the restaurant, you can see how much time and care was put into the decor. It is not only very chic, but it’s warm and inviting! Dima, the owner was previously a highly successful interior designer and it shows in the design. However, her love and passion for food led her into opening up Ammatoli.
You will predominantly find a middle eastern menu here. Everything is made in house from scratch. Also, everything is made with love and is phenomenal! You truly feel you are eating home cooked food. And they take everything another level. There are so many amazing details, even in the plating. She adds flowers, nuts and spices so you can truly eat with your eyes first.
My favorite dish is the SPICY GARLIC LEMON CHICKEN! It is a half rotisserie chicken made with house-made spicy garlic lemon sauce, served on a bed of vermicelli rice, and comes with 2 sides! (I order this chicken 9 out of 10 times I go.) The skin is crispy, the meat is flavorful, and the spicy garlic lemon dipping sauce is liquid gold. As for the sides, I try to get different ones every time I go, but I seem to always lean towards, the rice pilaf, the french fries and the hummus. However, you really can't go wrong with anything you order from here. Other honorable mentions include the ARRAYES, anything shawarma, and the any of the kabobs. I am not sure what she marinates the meat in, but it is amazing. It’s so flavorful and tender. To be honest, you really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
Currently they are only doing take out and very limited delivery. You can order by phone or her website here.
Pro tip One...there is a parking lot on the corner of 3rd and Pine. Two hours of free parking. FYI, google maps is a little misleading. If you're going North, Ammatoli is located ON 3rd Street before Dog Haus and Pine Street. If heading South, its located after the Dog Haus.
Pro tip Two...anything shawarma is a win.
Pro tip Three, get both the baklava and knafeh for dessert. You won't regret it!
Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites 285 E. 3rd. St. Long Beach, CA 90802