The original anoush'ella in the South End

Anoush’ella Named One of ‘40 Absolute Best’ Restaurants in Boston


BOSTON — The Tasting Table ( this week released the names of its 40 “Absolute Best” restaurants in Boston. One of those is anoush’ella, led by Nina Festekjian.

Nina and Raffi Festekjian

As the article describes it, “Nina Festekjian isn’t a professionally trained chef (she learned through experience cooking for her three sons), but you wouldn’t suspect it after tasting her food. At anoush’ella, which she co-owns with husband Raffi, Nina serves Lebanese-Armenian dishes that pay homage to her childhood in Lebanon in a sleek, fast-casual space. The shining stars are the wraps, where paper-thin m’anoush — cooked to order on a convex saj griddle — hugs the most flavorful fillings: think tender pulls of za’atar-cloaked chicken, herbaceous salads, and silken hummus. But don’t sleep on the sweet-and-savory labneh bar, either.”


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