LA Adventure Specialist - 5:11 2 August 2011

Chef Ricardo Zarate Launches Picca

Chef Ricardo Zarate, best known for his Peruvian eatery Mo-Chica and recently proclaimed Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine, dips into flavors of Peru once again with new restaurant, Picca. In a casual, contemporary cantina, a menu of shareable small plates begins with appetizers like chicken chicharrónes with salsa criolla and steamed mussels with pancetta and aji amarillo butter, and moves on to a list of so-called causa sushi, Zarate’s take on sushi that features potato topped with raw seafood. I wish this place was around in every major city so when I travel, this’ll be the go to spot. Well, at least while others travel, they can take an LA tour and enjoy this fantastic restaurant. There are also numerous ceviches, tiraditos (the Peruvian version of sashimi), anticuchos (grilled skewers) of meats and seafood, and other specialties including quinoa-pumpkin stew and Peruvian paella drizzled with sea urchin sauce. Simple desserts such as churros and tres leche cake complete the meal. Cocktails utilizing the regional spirit pisco are concocted by award-winning mixologist Julian Cox.

9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.,

310.277.0133

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