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(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
The dusty, hot parking lot by a West Bank outpost bears little resemblance to Rome, but when it came to selling a taste of Italy – in this case, pizza – it seemed to new businessman Ahuvi-el Nizri like the ideal spot.
A father of five and a former Jewish studies teacher, Nizri had wanted to strike out on his own. So, he told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, a few months ago, he placed a small wooden trailer on wheels by the Givat Assaf outpost, located at the T-junction by Route 60. Here, from the small oven in the back of the trailer, he fills local orders for small and family- size pizza.
Although he has set up a rug along with white plastic tables and chairs in the lot by the trailer, Nizri said, he does plan to spend a day a week traveling to other spots.
“The idea is that it is a traveling restaurant,” said Nizri, who also offers pasta, baguettes, malawah and soup.
But the large flow of cars by the T-junction, he said, makes it an
ideal spot for a restaurant.
“Lots of people call in orders and
stop by,” said Nizri.
A resident of the Ateret settlement, Nizri
was careful to explain that while he was located next to Givat Assaf, he
was not actually part of the outpost.
He added that he had
spoken with the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, which had
explained to him that his restaurant’s mobility meant that the laws
barring building in outposts and new settlement construction did not
apply to him.
“Even soldiers stop here to eat,” he said.