I cannot wait to try this RESTAURANT out!!! OH EM GEE…I am excited about trying this place out…I hope that it has BETTER service than most (if NOT ALL) of the Peruvian restaurants in LA…one reason I hate eating Peruvian food out, is because the service is always horrible…but this place looks very CHIC & the Chef/Owner, Ricardo Zarate, learned his vast food knowledge by working in some of London’s top restaurants & has 15 years under his belt…as some of you may know I am from PERUVIAN descent & am a culinary school graduate…I studied in PERU for 3 months when I did my externship, so this is HUGE for me & I cannot WAIT!!! I really hope their BARTENDER(s) know how to make a GOOD PISCO SOUR (haven’t had one since 2003)!!! I just made reservations for OPENING NIGHT on 6/25/11…stay tuned for my REVIEW!!!
Ceviche and Pisco in a Peruvian Cantina
Under blue skies, a Peruvian flag waves proudly in the breeze.
It signals a beacon of ceviche. A mecca of pisco sours. And the lush wilds of South American culture known as… Pico Boulevard.
Welcome to Picca, the long, long-awaited Peruvian cantina from one of our city’s most exalted chefs, Ricardo Zarate, accepting reservations now for its June 25 debut.
First, a word on what they don’t have: no vodka. No scotch. They’re sticking to Peruvian roots here, but with an LA twist. So you and your date will be starting off at the bar with some rhubarb-infused pisco or a Chilcano with pisco and ginger beer. In short, they’re getting their hands (and thus your hands) on every Peruvian pisco available. (In a pinch, you could always sneak in a martini at Sotto—it’s right downstairs.)
Next, you’ll find your wooden slab of a table under the Peruvian mural and pull up an alpaca-covered stool. That’s when the man behind the stoves at Mo-Chica and Test Kitchen will load up your table with empanadas, grilled scallops, a trifecta of ceviches and, if you’re up for it, beef hearts from the robata grill.
Thank you very much, Mr. Robata.
9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035