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Chez Maria: new location new menu

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 6:00 AM
A thin-crust jerked chicken pizza with sweet pepper, onions and olives.
Nancy Nado, executive chef and co-owner of Chez Maria.
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Fresh Lion fish steamed with vegetables (Okra, onion, sweet pepper, tomato and pumpkin, garnished with herbs)
Chicken and shrimp fettuccine alfredo in creamy sauce and Parmesan cheese served with garlic bread.
Dessert: The Three Musketeers – (from left) dark chocolate, white chocolate and Tiramisu.
Fattoush (salad) with grilled chicken breast.
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New and exciting things are happening at Chez Maria - the Lebanese and Italian restaurant now located at 80 Lady Musgrave Road.

Nancy Nado, executive chef and co-owner, told Food that they had to relocate for reasons beyond her control, but nonetheless, it was time for a change. "I miss the old location, but the new location is very good," Nado shared.

The restaurant, which officially opened in 2004, was previously located at 7 Hillcrest Avenue.

Whether you and your friend or your significant other wants to enjoy the delicious fare in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy the cool breeze blowing through your hair on their outdoor terrace - Chez Maria's new location has it all.

open on sundays

And to top it off, they are now opened on Sundays. Nado told Food that her customers are extremely happy with this. "Some said that they are happy because they are tired of fast food on a Sunday and sometimes the line is extremely long," Nado revealed.

Accompanying the new location are some new additions to the menu. Their famous fattoush, traditionally served with crispy pita, is now served with shrimp, grilled chicken and feta cheese.

They also offer steamed fish - snapper or lionfish, served with mashed potato, fries, rice, steamed vegetable or baked potato. Nado stressed that she uses a lot of local produce and sources the original Lebanese spices from overseas.

She told Food that the dishes are inspired from her personal experiences and passion for food. She adds that Lebanese and Italian cuisine make a good couple.

It's a family affair

Chez Maria is a family business, inspired by Nado and her aunt-in-law, Maria.

"We were somewhere and we cooked and everybody loved it, but it never had a name. Someone then asked where the food was from, and I blurted out just like that - 'Chez Maria'. And so my aunt decided to keep the name," Nado said.

Chez Maria also caters for weddings, family reunions and parties.

To view their new menu, you can visit: www.chezmaria.webs.com. All dishes are done to order.

The restaurant is opened Mondays to Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact: 927-8078. Email: chezmariajm@hotmail.com

cathy.risden@gleanerjm.com