Nazca, Peruvian flavors in Casco Antiguo

Pulpo en aceite de oliva.

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By Sarah de Guandique

“Anyone who knows the essence of Peru will be transported back home by the food here,” was the remark made by one of the diners to his guests in the restaurant Nazca, located on 8th Street in Casco Antiguo. Nazca restaurant opened its doors to the public four months ago and in that short time has become a favorite with tourists and locals alike.

Octopus in olive oil.

Octopus in olive oil.

The Peruvian chef and owner, Aristóteles Breña, who, when he is not personally serving customers, is in the kitchen preparing spectacular dishes, opened the restaurant with the help of his brother Gustavo Adolfo’s help.

The restaurant’s specialty is seafood and many dishes are accompanied with classic Peruvian ingredients such as potato, sweet potato and choclo (Peruvian corn). One of their most popular dishes is the Causa Limeña made with potatoes, shrimps and avocado.

Another culinary delight is the octopus in olive oil, made with thin slices of tender, cooked octopus, accompanied by a delicious sauce of green and black olives or you could try a classic Peruvian dish, Ceviche de Corvina Tradicional accompanied with boiled choclo and sweet potato with cancha (fried corn). Definitely an explosion of flavors.

Although specializing in seafood, Nazco also offers meat dishes. For something different try the Anticucho Limeño consisting of beef hearts on skewers, marinated in red pepper sauce, grilled and accompanied with boiled potatoes. It is surprisingly good.

Accompany your meal with traditional drinks made of Pisco liqueur, a Cuzqueña (from Cusco) beer or the original Peruvian soda, Inka Cola. They also have a variety of liquors, domestic and imported beers, and cocktails.

Warm colors and geometric shapes reflect the Peruvian influence throughout the premises and the service is excellent. “We have had cases when the chef came out to greet customers and they have received him with applause,” commented Rodrigo, one of the waiters at the restaurant.

You can also enjoy their Peruvian flavors in La Casona del Cuzco, their branch in Boquete, Chiriqui province which has been a favorite among Boqueteños for the last three years. It was the first project of the entrepreneurial Breña brothers.

Nazca opens Monday to Saturday from midday to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For reservations and information call Tel. 393-7262 or write to restnazca@hotmail.com

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