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22 | February 16, 2017 | The glencoe anchor dining out Cuisine coming your way Mirani’s At Home offers quality food for busy eaters Jacqueline Glosniak Contributing Editor Another busy day at the office. Hours spent chauffeuring the kids back and forth. Laundry, errands and doctor appointments. For those who find themselves in a jam when it comes to preparing a delicious and unique menu for dinner, Winnetka couple Kaveh and Madeleine Mirani have just the perfect solution — a dining concept that concocts fine restaurant quality food for either deliver or pickup. The Miranis, who have owned and operated eateries in Winnetka for the past three decades, recently introduced their newest venture, Mirani’s At Home, in an effort to tap into a dining market they say exists too few and far between. “We noticed that many times, in this area — generally, this is a trend that is happening everywhere in the country — people don’t go out as much because people have children, they come home during the week and are tired, so we thought that right now, they don’t really have that much of a choice in takeout food,” he said. To understand the Miranis’ passion, one must get to know the couple’s background. Kaveh, who was born in Tehran, Iran, has a doctorate in economics Finding Senior Housing can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be. “You can trust A Place for Mom to help you.” – Joan Lunden Call A Place for Mom. Our Advisors are trusted, local experts who can help you understand your options. Since 2000, we’ve helped over one million families find senior living solutions that meet their unique needs. A Free Service for Families. Call: (800) 581-1056 A Place for Mom is the nation’s largest senior living referral information service. We do not own, operate, endorse or recommend any senior living community. We are paid by partner communities, so our services are completely free to families. MIRANI’S AT HOME 567 B Lincoln Ave., Winnetka www.miranisathome. com (847) 446-4646 4-8 p.m. seven days a week Pre-ordered meal deliveries begin at 3:30 p.m. and began his career as a university professor, and Madeleine, who hails from the Netherlands, originally worked in the field of foreign affairs as a diplomat. More than 30 years ago, when Madeleine’s parents came to visit the couple in the U.S., Madeleine said her parents remarked about how shocking it was that there was a lack of European-style coffee shops and eateries. It was at that point the Miranis decided to change the course of their careers and venture into the world of food. “So, we did research in New York and Europe, and started making the gourmet deli,” Madeleine said. “[We] felt there was a void in the market.” While Madeleine acknowledges that the hospitality scene has changed, she believes they are still venturing into a market where there is a clear need. Originally, the Miranis opened their first establishment, aptly named Mirani’s, 24 years ago on Green Bay Road as a gourmet delicatessen, French brasserie-type restaurant. “Gradually, customers that would come and take out food would say, ‘The food is so good, why not open for lunch?’” Madeleine said. Eventually, Mirani’s became more of a lunch restaurant, later expanding to a location on Elm Street in 2006. There, the Miranis were able to focus on a full-fledged French bistro menu. After closing Mirani’s last year to focus on their new concept, they officially opened Mirani’s At Home on Jan. 16, offering a combination of French, Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. Additionally, the Miranis ensure hints of their Persian and Dutch ethnic foods are also present on the menu. Diners can choose from a variety of a la carte chicken, seafood, pasta, rice and salad dishes and then stop by the business in person or place orders online or over the phone, with speedy delivery ensured within 20 minutes Mirani’s At Home’s chicken Parmigiano ($14) features breaded chicken breast atop a bed of spaghetti in marinara sauce. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media of ordering thanks to a collaboration with Uber- RUSH. Deliveries have a $7 flat fee. With food from Mirani’s At Home, Madeleine ensures the quality of the food is just as stellar as the old Mirani’s, but with the perk of prices being drastically slashed because of less overhead. During a recent visit to Mirani’s At Home, 22nd Century Media editors chatted with the Miranis while sampling menu items. The chicken Parmigiano ($12), which includes breaded chicken breast and spaghetti with marinara sauce, is a staple Italian dish. The spaghetti is lightly sauced and the thin chicken slices are not heavily breaded. The mustard crusted salmon ($15), one of the restaurant’s staple dishes, features a breaded salmon with mustard sauce served over French lentils and fresh vegetables. The outside of the fish is crunchy but has a soft and firm inside. The dish undoubtedly stands out for its mustard flavoring that’s not too strong or overwhelming for the natural flavoring of a well-cooked salmon. The Northbrook Tower Editor Matt Yan’s favorite dish was the Mediterranean chicken kebab ($11), which includes diced chicken marinated in olive oil and signature Mirani’s spices and served with grilled vegetables. Sour cherry saffron rice can also be added to the plate for $6. The chicken’s light grilling lends great balance to the uniquely cooked grains. For $17, the steak classique features thick, 8-ounce cuts of prime sirloin simmered in a red wine sauce. Our portion was served with a side of bistro frites ($4), or french fries, which were not overly greasy and not salty. The fettuccine alfredo ($11) noodles were perfectly cooked al dente — unlike many alfredo sauces, it was not too heavy. Shrimp can be added for an additional $4. The beet salad ($7) included greens, walnuts, blue cheese and vinaigrette dressing, a great option for vegetarians. Finally, the Kurdish red lentil soup ($5 for a small, $11 for a large) offers a hearty and warm complement to be served alongside any of the Mirani’s At Home dishes. 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