Baba Ganoush, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Sami Ladeki, who grew up in Lebanon, made sure this dish was on the menu when he founded the restaurant chain. But first the original recipe went through several revisions until it was perfected, according to his standards. Baba Ghanoush is a roasted eggplant dip with extra virgin olive oil, and it is served with grilled herb flat bread. The eggplant is cooked in the wood-fired oven, which gives it a smoky flavor. $8.50, multiple locations,

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