The DC area is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems that many Washingtonians aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
Domenico Cornacchia, chef and owner of Assaggi Mozzarella Bar and Assaggi Osteria, is known for his authentic Italian offerings. But on his days off Cornacchia likes to switch it up by going to Shamshiry in Tysons Corner, his go-to spot for a satisfying Persian food fix.
"I like to go to Shamshiry on my day off. This Persian restaurant does a great job with the quality and consistency of their cuisine. The restaurant is definitely tired and needs a face lift, but minus the ambience, the food is absolutely delicious!
Get the mast-o-musir (creamy yogurt with shallots) as an appetizer and use the lavash bread to scoop up the yogurt. Also, the tah digue (the crusty part of the basmati rice) topped with one of the daily stewed sauces is a must for starters. For my main dish I always order the chelo kabob Shamshiry, it is a combination of open flamed grilled ground beef kabob and pounded tenderloin kabob served with steaming white basmati rice infused with saffron. I love the grilled whole tomatoes that accompany the dish."
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Shamshiry [Photo: Donald P./Yelp]