Picanterías are places in Peru specialized in spicy food and chili peppers, or ajíes, are used broadly as a seasoning in many dishes.
“Popular since the early colonial period, the Picanterías have always been the meeting place where Peruvians get together to discuss political and social issues while sharing typical dishes, which are wisely prepared by cooks who master the use of ajíes in seasonings, sauces, creams, and other culinary creations”, Andina News Agency wrote.
According to this news website, the Picanterías in Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco and Piura have remained pretty much unchanged since colonial times. However, many of them have become touristic spots or small markets.
“The most popular Picanterías in southern Peru are the ones situated in Yanahuara, Sachaca, Tiabaya and Cerro Colorado (Arequipa), such as ‘La Lucila’ ‘La Palomino,’ and ‘Sol de Mayo,’ while in Cusco the most famed are ‘La Chomba’ and ‘La Chola.’”, Andina revealed.
In Picanterías, the main dish is usually accompanied by Chicha, a fermented beverage made from fruits, cereals or vegetables.
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