The Pittston area, known for its Italian food options, is developing an international feel with diverse choices that include Thai, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
On South Main Street in Pittston, Fuji stands out as the only place serving authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine among other restaurants selling pizza and Italian food throughout the city.
Owner Dora Ding, who is originally from China and who now lives in West Pittston, said her business has been located at 107 S. Main St. for more than two years. For Pittston area residents, having the option of authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine offers something different, she said.
“Everybody is like ‘wow, it’s finally something that’s not Italian or a pizza place’,” Ding said.
Ding said popular sellers at Fuji include sushi and special rolls, such as the yellow dragon roll with shrimp tempura and lobster salad inside and fresh mango on top, and the angry dragon roll with shrimp tempura and avocado and topped with spicy kani.
People who like Thai food also now have a place to order in the Pittston area.
A West Pittston couple recently opened a Thai restaurant on the Pittston Bypass in Pittston Twp.
Len Pribula Jr., a Wyoming Area School Board member, and his wife, Nitda, who is from Thailand, opened NIT Thai Takeout at 102 S. Township Blvd.
The restaurant’s menu features appetizers, soups, salads and a number of Thai entrees as well as sides and desserts.
It’s the only Thai restaurant in the Pittston area. People can eat in the restaurant and sit at one of its 24 seats or they can order takeout. Delivery is available throughout the Pittston area, Pribula said. They recently launched a website.
With more people traveling outside the area, especially the younger generation, Pribula said they can find Thai food and other options in other locations and they are looking at more choices in the Pittston area also.
His wife Nitda, who has been cooking since she was young, is the main chef at NIT Thai Takeout and she has her own unique way of preparing pad thai with peanut drizzle on the side that customers can mix into their noodles. Other popular sellers include drunken noodles and red curry.
In the Pittston Crossings on Route 315, Greek and Mediterranean restaurant QuickChick has been serving Middle Eastern foods such as shawarma, hummus, falafel, tabouleh, kababs and grape leaves for two years.
Owner Yousef Kazimi, who is originally from Jerusalem and
now lives in Kingston, said he thought it was a good location to open the restaurant near CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park that spreads through Pittston and Jenkins townships.
“A lot of truck drivers come here from different nationalities,” Kazimi said. “I wanted to give something different for the community other than pizza.”
Kazimi said his restaurant serves healthy food and no processed food and his customers include vegetarians, vegans and people on keto diets.
“I have choices for a lot of diverse groups,” he said. “People appreciate the fact that we have something different other than pizza. Diversity is always good. It’s very tasty and very healthy cuisine.”
At QuickChick Restaurant, people can eat in and sit at one of its 30 seats or order takeout or delivery. Restaurant employees do some deliveries themselves and they deliver through Grubhub and DoorDash throughout the Greater Pittston area.
Michelle Mikitish, executive vice president at the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, said the Italian base in Pittston is great but when people go away other places, especially younger people who go away to college, they get the opportunity to experience different foods and they like to see that here when they come back home. They still like to eat at their favorite Italian eateries, but they like to eat other cuisine as well, she said.
She cited her daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Chris Lynch, who went away to college, as examples. They like to eat food like sushi and hibachi, but they also like to try a different pizza place every Friday night, she said.
“It’s fantastic that this city that wants to revitalize itself is able to attract more businesses that reach a broader audience,” Mikitish said.
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