Today we speak with a long-time Bellevue Farmers Market vendor – Pitaland.
Pitaland in based out of Brookline. When Joe Chahine and his wife Jocelyne came from Lebanon to Pittsburgh for their honeymoon in 1974, they had no idea this month-long vacation would become their American Dream. Following the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War, Joe stayed in Pittsburgh and began working at his brother’s bakery, which opened in 1969. Joe and his brother-in-law George Kazour would eventually go on to buy the business from his brother and open Pitaland, one of Brookline’s most enduring businesses and a neighborhood landmark. It’s been 50 years since his brother first opened that small bakery, and plenty has changed since then. Joe’s four children, Danny Chahine, Donna Tweardy, Joey Chahine and Aleen Atencio now help run the business, and Pitaland has expanded to add a fully functioning kitchen, automated pita bakery, café, grocery store, catering service, and wholesale retailer specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.
This is our 5th year at the Bellevue Farmers Market. Our employees and students help run our booth. We bring in foreign exchange students using a program called greenheart and they help us out every summer. We love the market especially the customers that we get to meet!
When you come to see us at the market, we serve gyro sandwiches made to order and tucked in our fresh baked pita. We also feature pies and dips. For a sweet treat, we have desserts and fresh squeezed lemonade.