Best of Boston

2020 Best Chef, General Excellence

Cassie Piuma, Sarma

Lest the consistency of her craft be taken for granted, let’s get it down in ink: Piuma is no mere protégé of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine icon Ana Sortun, her Sarma co-owner—rather, she’s an equal powerhouse. See: all the exciting meze-inspired surprises (scallop dolmades, anyone?) now appearing family-style on Sarma’s temporary patio, as well as every takeout box of finger-lickin’ sesame fried chicken she’s packed for us this year. Listen up, James Beard.

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