As part of our ongoing "Getting to Know Your Local Businesses"
series, this week we sat down with Eddie Ghazal, owner of Zammitti’s
Tell us a bit about your business: What does your business offer, and how long have you been around?
have now re-opened for lunch and dinner! After sustaining incredible
damage from Hurricane Harvey, we are proud to announce that we have
completely remodeled our restaurant … new decor, furniture and now
complete with a fully stocked liquor and wine bar.
As before, we offer a wide selection of appetizers, soups and salads,
entrees, wine and beer, including some favorites such as Chicken
Marsala and the Mediterranean Affair – my creation and a customer
The restaurant originally opened February, 2011.
How did you decide to get involved in this line of work?
father was Italian, and my mother Lebanese and they had one thing in
common; they both loved the best food! They both passed on their recipes
to me from past generations. Being raised in a melting pot of cultures,
I developed a passion for and knowledge about a diverse array of foods.
restaurant experience in the Houston area furthered my exposure to
different foods, including steak and other gourmet delicacies, along
with a French cuisine experience. I worked at La Tour D'Argent, a French
restaurant on Ella Blvd., as well as multiple restaurants between
Houston and Galveston, including an Italian restaurant, The San Luis
Steakhouse, the private Harbor Walk Yacht Club and another restaurant
offering gourmet cuisine. Those experiences helped me hone my skills and
kept my desire growing toward one day owning my own restaurant.
2005 while at The San Luis Steakhouse, I was awarded Manager of the Year
in Galveston County and the restaurant was honored under my tenure as a
distinguished restaurant (#47) in North America, Canada, and the
Americas. Wine Spectator Magazine also acknowledged the restaurant as
having the best wine selections in the U.S. in 2005.
Tell us a couple things you are proud of your business. What are you known for? What separates you from the competition?
are proud to offer more than exquisite cooking; we make a memorable
meal. With the highest quality of fresh ingredients and outstanding
service, we create an unforgettable dining experience on the lake with a
No one could have foreseen the hurricane aftermath; for us, it’s been a year and a half nightmare.
are so thankful to all who supported us. We had loyal customers here
helping us immediately clean up and bringing food and water for our
team. Our staff continued to stay connected with us.
What is your favorite part of running this business?
love greeting and visiting with my numerous loyal, repeat customers.
They’ve been patiently waiting for us to re-open. I’m usually the first
and last person that they see when they visit. I’ve made so many good
friends in this community!
The same front of the house and kitchen
staff (seven total) are returning to serve our customers again; it’s an
unbelievable blessing! I also love working with my son, Robin, who
manages our amazing servers and kitchen staff, as well as oversees our
public relations efforts.
Who is your ideal customer/client? Who do you serve best?
Anyone who enjoys authentic Italian food in a family atmosphere is our ideal customer.
you’re looking for a place nestled in Kings Harbor with picturesque
lake views, with old-world charm of our beloved Italy and a place to
relax and enjoy life, it’s perfect.
Our customers have ranged in age from one week old to 105 years young. Everyone is part of our family!
Is there any other information you'd like your potential customers/clients to know about your business?
We offer a happy hour with discounted drinks and special bites Monday through Thursdays. Drink specials on Sunday.
long-time community advocate, we have supported numerous local
charities, including St. Martha Catholic Church and other local
churches, schools and charities. Donating 5% of the total tab of diners
who are associated with these local organizations back to their
non-profit, we have donated consistently each year and will continue to
give back to the Kingwood area.
How do you see your business growing and improving over the next couple of years?
we have reopened, we couldn’t have asked for a better community … with
everyone supporting that we are back and greater than ever to serve our
We have recently added a canopy over our outside seating
with fans and lights. Now, no matter what time of the day, our guests
can sit outside and enjoy the wonderful lake view and our quality food.
Visit our website
for upcoming event details!
To learn more about Zammitti’s Italian Restaurant, visit our profile at Atascocita.com