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Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Fataneh Dowlatshahi loved to visit a certain bakery cafe near her house. “It was a beautiful place owned by a sweet couple, and I always thought I’d have a place like that,” she says. “That was my dream, since I was 10 years old.” That dream has come true. Dowlatshahi opened Bibi Bakery Cafe, a tiny spot in Westwood, in May. “Bibi,” explains Dowlatshahi, is what she called her great-grandmother. It’s also the name of a famous bakery in Tehran. Pastry chef Ambreen Hasan is making pastries; bread baker Paolo Amado produces ciabatta for sandwiches, as well as baguettes and croissants. Hearty beet soup, one of several in a rotating schedule, is warming on a cold day. A blueberry scone is light as a feather and not too sweet; delightful Nutella rugelach is just the opposite, as it should be: rich and indulgent.

Dowlatshahi offers two specialties from home. One is gata, a sweet bread stuffed with butter and sugar (the recipe comes from her Armenian great-grandmother); the other, carrot jam seasoned with cardamom. Another old-country specialty is also in evidence. Bibi is surely as warm and welcoming as the cafe Dowlatshahi remembers.


Baked donuts at the Bibi Bakery Cafe.
Baked donuts at the Bibi Bakery Cafe. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Bibi Bakery Cafe, 1 Church St., Westwood, 718-320-9900.