Saffrono Del Mar offers Persian cuisine with a taste of Tuscany … and dancing!

Saffrono Restaurant is now open at Beachside Mall, serving traditional Mediterranean and Persian cuisine and proudly representing the diversity of Iranian and Middle Eastern cultures in Del Mar.

Owner Amir Savoji has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Born in Iran and raised in Italy, he perfected his craft in Italian kitchens. He came to Laguna Beach and in the 1990s he ran a series of restaurants with friends. Going out on his own, for the past 20 years he has opened restaurants in downtown San Diego, Alpine and Poway.

The Del Mar restaurant is still so new that it does not yet have permanent listings. It took over the space that once housed Alborz, a Persian / Iranian restaurant. Savoji has known the owner for a long time and he approached him after the restaurant closed in December 2020 – Savoji’s Saffrono opened in June.

“We are bringing Persian cuisine to the region, with a touch of Italy,” said Nico Savoji, Amir’s son. “We call it ‘Mediterranean Sea Medley’.”

As Nico said, Persian cuisine always starts with the base of skewers and basmati rice: good quality beef, lamb, fish or chicken, accompanied by vegetables and tasty rice garnished with yellow saffron. . (Hence the name Saffrono, because zafferano is saffron in Italian).

On the menu you will find steamed mussels and clams, lamb chops and chicken marsala, penne vodka, seafood linguine and Fesenjoon, a mixture of pomegranate paste, ground nuts, onions and chicken fillets sautéed in butter.

Saffrono serves gyro and koobideh (charcoal-grilled seasoned beef) wraps and skewer plates.

Every Friday and Saturday evening they offer live music on stage in the spacious dining room. “It gets pretty fun when we have live events,” Nico said of the events that include belly dancers and open mic parties in addition to music and dancing the night away. long. “It’s like a big party.

Every other Wednesday evening, they offer a game night at 6.30 p.m. – the next one is set for October 6.

As a child, Nico still ran in his father’s restaurants and got involved in the family business at age 15. Now 22 years old, it is important for him to be able to work alongside his father and to share his success: “It’s the really rewarding part, to see the happiness that this brings to my father”, a- he declared.

Like his father, he also enjoys getting to know customers, how regulars become like family and it’s always a good time when they come for a drink or a meal: “It’s like welcoming me home” , he said. .

Saffrono offers a new lunch special at $ 10.95: a koobideh skewer, a juicy ground beef skewer or a chicken skewer, both cooked over a wood fire, served with basmati rice, saffron rice and salad. The special runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saffrono is located at 2673 Del Mar Heights Road in the Beachside Mall. They are open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. at 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. At 20 o ‘clock. They are closed on Mondays. Telephone: 858-925-7331.

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