When Gabe Mahayni opened for business three years ago, he was confident that customers would adore his version of artisan pizza, grilled in a volcanic stone oven. And he was right. Magma Pizza grew a steady base of devoted pizza aficionados who couldn’t get enough of a good thing. As a side, Mahayni offered appetizers of homemade hummus and baba ghannouj served with grilled pita bread or garlic bread, and as they say, the word spread.

For pizza lovers, the choices are endless: thin crust or thick, whole wheat or semolina. Toppings range from gilled veggies to meat lovers; no-cheese tomato pies to four-cheese favorites. Add to that pizza rolls and vulcanas, which are stuffed rolls with delicious fillings. Pizza crescents are flavored with unique herbs and spices.

Now devotees of the authentic Middle Eastern food have caused Mahayni to add even more Middle Eastern options to the menu and he has added the word pita to his logo. Moving to the Middle Eastern flavors, favorites include appetizers (or meza) of thick, savory hummus, grilled and roasted eggplant baba ghannouj. Zaetar bread and garlic bread (flatbreads) offer an authentic taste of Mahayni’s homeland.

A house favorite is falafel, a savory and spicy blend of chickpea patties tossed with tomatoes and greens in just-baked pita bread. This all-vegetarian dish is as filling and satisfying as any meat dish. Another pita sandwich offering, is the Kefta Kabbob: Halal beef mixed with herbs and grilled to perfection, served stuffed in pita surrounded by lettuce, tomatoes, and spices.

Magma Pizza & Pita now offers another meza (appetizer) called lebne. It is the base for a new series of grilled flatbread sandwiches but is just as delicious as a stand alone. Although many customers are tempted to order and reorder their personal favorites, the staff encourages diversity by offering samples of house specialties on a regular basis. Families will find Magma Pizza & Pita very affordable. On Friday nights Magma offers a family meal of a large cheese pizza with one topping, a hummus and pita appetizer, and four fountain drinks for $24. Saturday night specials include a buy-one-get-one-for-half-price. It’s a good way to encourage people to try something new.

Magma’s menu offers plenty of healthful food options like grilled veggie pizza and sandwiches such as artichoke tapenade. There is a variety of fresh salads from apple pecan to fattoush; the later being a chopped green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, mint and sumac served with a light citrus dressing.

Magma also offers a " Make Your Own Pizza" Birthday Party. Kids have a chance to become pizza chefs, look the part dressed in aprons and hats and then enjoy the fruits (pizza) of their labor. The pizza parties are quite popular so it is a good idea to book early.

And now that the holidays are on the horizon consider Magma’s unique catering menu. It offers platters of hot and cold wraps, pitas and paninis, pizza rolls and vulcanas, appetizer samples of dips with veggie and pita, hot wings, fried calamari and of course a huge selections of Artisan Pizza with gourmet toppings.

Magma Pizza & Pita is located in the Nassau Park Shopping Center just off Route 1 in West Windsor. You can find Magma in the section between Borders and Sam’s Club. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the rest of the week. Magma offers local delivery, daily lunch specials, and weekend supper specials. Join the Magma Club for special discounts and coupon offers. More information can be found at www.magma-pizza.com or by calling 609-452-8383.

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