My Favorite Restaurant Right Now


Boston is having a real foodie moment right now. For awhile, I felt that my go-to places for a nice meal out were iconic and the new trendy spots were just that — trendy and fun, but not worthy of repeat visits. It’s beginning to change, in part thanks to incredible chefs with years of experience in the Boston scene, who are poised to open doors of their own.

In 2013, Oleana alum Cassia Piuma opened Sarma with her husband, Matthew Piuma, and business partners, Ana Sortun and Gary Griffin. I’ve been a longtime fan of Ana Sortun — and adore Middle Eastern cooking. Suffice to say, Sarma has been on my must-visit list since it opened. A few months back, my husband and I had the chance to finally stop in for dinner. (As a side note, it’s tricky to get a table. I recommend making reservations well in advance!)


Sarma delights the senses. The menu boasts a selection of small, seasonal plates that are designed to share. In addition to menu items, that evening’s specials are brought around to each table, dim sum style. I am a meat-eater, but found myself captivated by the vegetarian items. The nice thing is that there’s something for everyone, and you can try a ton of dishes since they’re small enough to order a selection.

Now that it’s been a few months since my last visit, I’m anticipating my next meal at Sarma. Since they change their menu seasonally, there are quite a few items that have caught my eye!

Sarma, 249 Pearl Street, Somerville, 617-764-4464. Bar hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 5pm-1am. Restaurant hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. Late night menu: Sunday-Thursday, served until 11pm; Friday & Saturday, served until midnight. Reservations can be made here.

Photo credit: Suzi Cushner

  1. Simone says:

    I am so desperate to try Sarma! I also love Whole Heart Provisions, which was opened this fall by the same owners as Sarma. I liked it so much that I actually just wrote a post about it!

    I’m new to the Boston bloggers scene and would really appreciate any input you have about my blog!

    xo Sim