I read about Ammatoli being one of the Top New Places in Long Beach, and I also saw an article in the LB Biz Journal. I said to myself, "What am I missing out on?". Ammatoli is on 3rd near Long Beach Blvd in DTLB....I ordered the lunch special chicken kebab w/ rice $12.95 inc two sides (I chose fries & salad). In addition to kebab, Ammatoli offers 1/2 chicken plate, gyro plate and a shawarma plate (all about $13.95).
First of all, the hummus was excellent. It was creamy & garlicky. In addition, it had some chickpeas on top. On the other hand, the pita bread was a bit hard although it was warmed: 5 Stars for the hummus, 3 Stars for the pita.
Secondarily, the items on the kebab plate were mixed. While the chicken was moist, it could have been seasoned better. Additionally, the price for one kebab is high vs Panini Kabob Grill: 3 Stars. Conversely, the fries were really good and went well w/ the garlic sauce: 4 Stars. I couldn't finish the rice, but it was just okay as was the salad: Both 3 Stars.
Regarding the ambiance, its a casual place where you order at the counter. Nonetheless, it has a clean, warm feeling to it: 4 Stars.
Likewise, the service was friendly and attentive. The food came out quickly, and any special requests were handled w/ no issues: 4 Stars.
I'd like to return and try some other items. However, I will bring someone with me to help me eat the free hummus. Its a big portion!More