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Although it sits in an Italian neighborhood, this authentic Persian restaurant has a large and faithful following of homesick Iranian émigrés—and locals in-the-know. Lamb dishes with rice are the specialties, served in a warm and attractive (but not showy) dining room. Among the many appetizers are traditional dishes such as eggplant with mint sauce, pickled vegetables, and saffron-and-lime-spiced lamb tongue. Along with the requisite—and tasty—kebabs, the restaurant serves a variety of poultry and meats marinated in olive oil, lime juice, and herbs (the tender chicken joojeh kebab is particularly delicious). Anyone looking for a hearty, traditional main dish should order ghorme sabzee, lamb shank braised with a bouquet of Middle Eastern spices, or baghali polo, lamb shank with fava beans and rice served only on Sunday. It's delightful food to share, and the room is full of groups of family and friends dining together. Give yourself plenty of time here, as service occasionally slows to a crawl. The affordable valet parking is a bonus.
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