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Olive Tree Greek Grill

2270 Town Center Ave.
Suite 113
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 631-0188
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On a recent day of shopping, we headed over to Viera to hit up The Avenue. It’s pretty much a mall, but all the shops are outside, just like Waterford Lakes, and they are both Simon Properties. 

There is plenty of traditional mall type food around the area, and even other options, but mostly chain spots. We were very glad that when we got hungry, and we happened to be by the shoe store, we spotted Olive Tree Greek Grill.

The Olive Tree is pretty much a fast casual dining experience that specializes in serving authentic Greek food. The Menu here is full of your traditional Greek items one expects to find in such an establishment like Greek salad, Gyro sandwiches, Shish Kebabs, Falafels, Spanakopita, Dolmathes, and Souvlaki.

Prices are pretty reasonable and everything is al a carte. It’s a very simple ordering process where you walk up, take a gander at the menu and place your order. You then pay, have a seat and someone brings you your food.

All dishes are made on premises from scratch using the finest ingredients. Olive Tree is family owned and operated, and a sign says they have been dedicated to serving the highest quality, best tasting Greek cuisine for over 34 years. I’m certain they have not been in business in Viera for over 34 years, but there was a poster of some sort talking about the family being from New York and having a similar business there. 

The kitchen and prep area is open, so as you move along the line you can see them making your food. 

There is a decent amount seating inside, but on a Saturday, it can get packed and seating may be limited as the space is not that big.

We decided to split an order of the Falafel balls. These were really good, and served with an interesting yogurt based dipping sauce. 

My wife and I both were craving a good Gyro, so we each ordered one. This was by far one of the better Gyros I've had in quite some time, and this thing was loaded with meat and toppings. They actually make the pita in house too, and it was delicious as well. These can be ordered with Souvlaki, or with grilled chicken and served on white or wheat pitas.
Although we did not try any, the dessert case looked to have some really appealing items in there, like Baklava, Rice Pudding and Honey and Spice cookies.

I have a lot of family in Brevard County, so I’m sure I will be back to the Olive Tree Greek Grill. Since we kind of went here last minute doing some shopping, we did not get to try out the menu like I normally like to do, but everything we had was really good, and the place was packed, so apparently other people really like the food there too.

If you find yourself over on the East Coast and are at The Avenue in Viera, do yourself a favor and hit up Olive Tree.

The Olive Tree Greek Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Ryan's Pizza

4 Harrison St.
Cocoa, FL 32922

Ryan’s Pizza & Pub is a family owned and operated pizza restaurant located in the heart of Cocoa Village, FL. Since its inception in 2006, Ryan’s has grown to be the best and largest Irish pizzeria in Brevard County.

While the family restaurant has become famous for pizza, they also make fresh salads, subs and wings and offer a draft selection of fourteen different beers, including Guinness.

Ryan's used to be located at 405 Delannoy Avenue in the corner of Cocoa Village that the family pizzeria occupied for almost a decade. While the pies they served up were good, the space was tiny and cramped, so they have moved into a new two story location just up the street at 4 Harrison Street with views of the Indian River and Riverside Park in the newly renovated Parkside Place complex.

With Ryan's now in place, the transformation of Parkside Place is complete. What was once an empty space, is now a stylish and colorful block of businesses that includes Village Cycle Shoppe, Bobbi's at Parkside boutique, Village Idiot Pub, Daddy Ultra Runs running store and Grimaldi's Candies.

The new Ryan's almost doubles its seating, going from 150 to 287. Downstairs features brick muted greens and reds. Brick archways mark entries to the spacious kitchen and bar area. Picture windows across the front of the restaurant frame views of the park across the street. The design of the custom bar embraces the past with an Old World-feel of the original location.

The downstairs bar area includes reclaimed Brevard Hotel doors and wood-look floors to add warmth and texture but easy maintenance," she said. The Brevard Hotel, once a riverside landmark, was torn down in the 1990s. On the second floor there's a covered bar area, plus expansive seating on a shaded deck, all with panoramic views of the river.

Garlic Parmesan Waffle Fries are an excellent starter at Ryan’s. These waffle fries are covered in garlic butter, fresh chopped garlic, and Parmesan cheese. At $5.99 they were a good deal and more than enough for three people to share.

Pizza has always been the focal point at Ryan’s, and this one was just as good as I remember at the old location. We went big..real big as in a 24” pie. We opted for the Ryan’s Special with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, beef, onions, green pepper, mushroom and black olive on a crispy, fresh crust with house-made sauce. We did leave olives off of one side for one of our guests. 

Since I’m in Brevard quite often, as I have family there, I am glad to see the further development of Downtown Cocoa and the whole area in general. The section where Ryan’s is at is quite a welcome addition with great eats, drinks and views of the river and the park. If you find yourself on the space coast any time, do yourself a favor and stop in at Ryan’s. 

Ryan's Village Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lello's Ristorante & Pizzeria

2025 Murrell Rd,
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone (321) 305-5933

I often find myself in Rockledge or some part of what we call ‘The Space Coast” as I have family on that side of town. While there may be a plethora of seafood establishments dotting the coast, there are also a handful of decent restaurants scattered throughout cities from Titusville to Palm Bay that serve up more than just seafood.

Lello's Italian Ristorante and Pizzeria is one of those places, and is very much worth a visit if you happen to find yourself on Florida’s Space Coast. Located in the Westport Center, which is a strip mall of shops, you will find a small and somewhat unassuming venue with basic chairs and tables, a print out menu, and nothing else too fancy inside. Although the atmosphere and ambiance may not be impressive, I can assure you the food more than makes up for it.

Once you are seated, a waitress takes your order and gets the process of your dinner going. I do say process, because things don't seem to move too quickly at Lello’s, in part because everything is made to order, and made with house made ingredients. All of the pasta and dressings are made in house as well as a fine mozzarella. 

I had an opportunity to dine with three family members and got to taste a few dishes and some desserts. We ordered a selection of dinner entrees that included two Friday night specials and some of the house specialties.

Although not necessarily an Italian dish, the Friday night special of Seared Salmon with mango chutney and black beans and rice was very flavorful, and plated quite nicely.

I love a good Veal Parmigiana, and the one at Lello’s is some of the best I have had. The veal was very tender and smothered in homemade sauce and mozzarella. This veal cutlet just melted in your mouth.

The made from scratch Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina is made with beef and more of that fresh mozzarella, and was an impressive dish with just the right thickness and chew to the gnocchi.

Another one of the nightly specials was a rather large tomahawk style Veal Shank with a delicate and buttery gravy. This shank not only looked impressive, but it  was tender and cooked to perfection and tasted as good as it looks.

Our first dessert was the Coconut Creme Brulee. I really enjoyed this, and found the addition of coconut flavoring a unique and tasty treat.

The Limoncello Cake was heavenly. It is made with one of Italy's top selling liqueurs, Limoncello,  which is a lemon flavored cocktail additive, or a drink by itself. The cake was light, tangy and rich all at once.

Lello’s is a great family run restaurant that really caters to quality as well as its customers. Although we had a sampling of main dishes, there is quite a buzz over the pizzas and stromboli they serve up here. I am looking forward to a return visit and checking out the pies they offer as well as some calzone. Its definitely worth a visit, and worth the wait.

Lello’s is open from 12 to 9 p.m. on Sundays, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturday. They also serve beer and a selection of wines. They do not have a website yet, but you can check them out on Facebook here:

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