Marlaina’s interior might feel like an overwhelming explosion of colors, textures, and patterns, but that’s all part of the fun of this Mediterranean place. The fluffy pita comes sprinkled with sesame seeds, perfect for tearing and dipping into smoky baba ganoush or anything else from the mezze platter—which is a great prelude to their super-tender roasted lamb shank. Cooked with saffron and served with creamy smashed potatoes, it’s big enough for two people to share.

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