Perhaps the best fine dining experience in Lima can be more than exquisite food served at high prices. Lima’s Amazonian restaurant, ámaZ, proves just that.
The New Worlder, a leading source for in-depth coverage of food and travel in the Americas (and online preservation of long-form articles), recently elected ámaZ as one of their Restaurants of the Year. But this wasn’t just any restaurant award based solely on delightful flavors and artful plating.
“We have made the case that food can be a part of the solution in preserving the Amazon Rainforest,” stated the New Worlder, highlighting the fact that restaurants like ámaZ deserve recognition for “working with and empowering indigenous producers throughout the Amazon.”
The Peruvian restaurant shared the award with the restaurants Banzeiro (Brazil) and Mini-mal (Colombia).
Owned by Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, ámaZ first opened in the district of Miraflores in 2012. In 2017 a second location was brought to the district of Surco. In both locations, the chef highlights ingredients from the Amazon, sourcing them from communities who in return gain sustainable incomes and are treated ethically. Schiaffino, who is also in charge of the menu of luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions, has led many social campaigns including that of sustainable fishing (specifically of paiche), preserving and reigniting traditional cooking methods (tucupí negro) and harvesting crops that can support the Amazon forest (Brazil nuts).
As the New Worlder states, restaurants like ámaZ “are proving that, when faced with a choice, maybe, just maybe, the average urban diner might not go for the cheap beef that is helping tear down the forest, but for the wondrous flavors that help keep it in the ground.”
Av. La Paz 1079, Miraflores / Av. Circunvalación del Golf los Incas 134, Santiago de Surco
Source: New Worlder
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