For my second pick of my now annual Savor the Bronx culinary adventure, I headed to Pio Pio . This Mott Haven “hidden gem” specializes in Peruvian fare (they also have Manhattan and Queens locations). It’s just a quick walk from the Cypress Ave. train station, so definitely not Riverdale like Oregano, but our French-Iberian friends could certainly learn a few things from them.
Pros: OMG their chicken! As part of the Savor the Bronx prix fixe dinner, which included a simple house salad, rotisserie chicken with Peruvian Chinese fried rice, and flan, this chicken is seasoned with something from above. It is that good, especially with this mysterious green pepper sauce that enhances the flavor of everything. The flan was also very good and delicately decorated with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. I can’t speak to the food’s authenticity, but it was delicious. We ordered a pitcher of sangria that was sweet, but not overbearing. The waiters were helpful, attentive, and friendly.
Cons: It was a bit chilly because they had no heat, but this was only a few days post-Sandy, so I assume that they normally have heat (hopefully). The only other thing I can think of is trying to convince someone who is still afraid of the South Bronx to go here. You guys know Idgaf , I will go anywhere in the Bronx, because I feel like native Bronxites and native New Yorkers for that matter need to get over these stupid stigmas like “Oh, I don’t go to xyz place.”