Meet our Advertiser
What can I do to HELP my Community
is the Mantra that motivates local businessman, Saiyam Shah. Known as
Sam, he welcomes customers new and repeat into the Hummus and Pita Co on
Federal Road with open arms and a huge smile.
Every person is enters the immaculately clean eatery is treated as family and they leave with faces mirroring Sam’s smile and very full satisfied bellies.
As the name implies, the restaurant serves many kinds of house made hummus on plain or whole wheat pita. But Hummus & Pita Co is much much more. Sam’s friendly staff serves up authentic Mediterranean foods prepared daily.
Fresh produce and meats are locally purchased with specialty items that are imported from their source… like giant bags of chickpeas direct from Israel.
Customers order their food in pita, laffa (a soft Middle Eastern flat bread,) in a bowl, on a plate or over greens. The choice for fill-its or toppings is too long to list. Every item looks enticing and very very fresh. Diners are encouraged to try different combinations and can always get a taste before they choose.
Falafels aren’t sitting around getting cold. Not until an order is placed will the balls be shaped and deep fried. Meat and chicken shawarma are shaped in the kitchen with the best quality meat and poultry, seasoned and marinated and then cooked on a traditional spit. A delicious Hummus Shake is full of protein and flavor.
Israeli Salad made fresh
Sam welcomes customers to take a tour of the kitchen if they wish. It is packed with ingredients and spices because everything possible is made on premises. All of the hummus, the shawarma, the salads, the dessert…. Even the new VEGETARIAN SHAWARMA is made from a soy protein developed in Israel but spiced and cooked in the store. And, it is delicious!
The kitchen staff follow strict recipes to make sure that the flavors are consistent. No preservatives are used.
Sam came to the US from his native India in 2001 to pursue a masters degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
After spending many years in the corporate world, he decided to try something else. Taking the lead from his father, a small business owner in India, he invested in an enterprise in Danbury.
He had settled in the area with his wife, Arpi and son, Karm (a form of the word, Karma). The Shahs have found a home away from home in Danbury and hope to spend a good portion their lives here.
wanted to give back to the community by welcoming them to his table
with more than just good food. He said that the Greater Danbury area is
made up of amazing, educated, well traveled people. They know when they
are tasting authentic flavors. Residents here are always looking for
ways to improve their health.
A healthy food alternative was the perfect solution.
By providing fresh food with no preservatives, he is putting his customers first, before his profit.
His team feel a sense of ownership towards the success of the restaurant. The beam with pride when the customer is happy. Customers who are now friends.
Sam said that money is not the measure of success. The community decides when a local business is successful when they decide to return over and over.
Patrons rave about Sam’s offerings. They come from far and near to receive his warm greetings and to break bread with friends. When asked why they return so often, the overwhelming response is the appeal of the food, and the opportunity to see Sam Shah.
Sam always asks himself about how he can add value to the community, feeling he can never give enough back.
Good food and a warm welcome to make people smile. And, then those smiles go out to spread that happy feeling wherever they go.