Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pio Pio

702 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10025

Rating: 10 - Make Haste
Visit #: 1
In brief: This place is programmed in my phone so anytime I am remotely nearby, in a car, I place an order and take home to most divine rotisserie chicken and addictive green sauce. We love Pio! Pio!

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Admittedly we did not think to find a fantastic lunch in the Upper West Side today but wow did Pio Pio Salon surprise us. The simplest dishes are often the most difficult to get right and Pio Pio does it all right. We started with some ceviche limeno (or cebiche as they spell it) and then split the Peruvian combo - an entire rotisserie chicken, a huge plate of fries and a salad piled high with avocado, thinly sliced tomatoes and onions. The fries looked like they should be soggy but were instead inexplicably delicious with a sort of salty and crispy skin. The Peruvian chicken was perfectly cooked, tender meat with more salty skin. The oil and vinegar combination on the salad counterpointed the saltiness with a refreshing tartness. And finally the ceviche had a lovely spicy kick to it that we found echoed in the mysterious "Pio Pio special sauce" provided at every table.

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