Perched high in the majestic mountains of Peru, looming over Sacred Valley, is the mysterious and famous city of Machu Picchu. This long-abandoned city is an architectural marvel, attracting adventure-seekers from around the world. There is no other place like it on the planet.
When Elizabeth Brito moved here from Peru, her native country, over twenty years ago, she brought with her that same sense of adventure, culture and love of the traditions of her homeland that are represented in this unforgettable city. She also brought the recipes and culinary techniques which she grew up with and was taught by her grandmother in whose kitchen she learned how to cook. She spent hours at the feet of her beloved abuela where she learned everything she now knows about the extraordinary cuisine she serves at her restaurant on Chalkstone Avenue.
Inspired by the magical city of Machu Picchu, Elizabeth opened her first restaurant, aptly named Machupicchu Restaurante, on Admiral Street in Providence. Now, after years of success on Admiral Street, Elizabeth wants to introduce her loyal fans to her second restaurant, Machupicchu Restaurante II.
As soon as one walks into this restaurant on Chalkstone Avenue, one feels transported in time and place. The décor is welcoming and traditional, exactly what one would expect from a true Peruvian hometown restaurant. Beyond the inviting dining rooms, which can easily host up to 120 guests, is the food of Elizabeth Brito and her talented cooks. This is not just any food, it is authentic Peruvian food made from the most authentic ingredients, seasonings and family recipes.
Using these ingredients ~ fresh from local markets ~ Elizabeth has created an expansive and diverse menu at Machpicchu Restaurante. Fresh seafood (including shrimp, octopus, calamari, mussels and scallops), steak, chicken, corn, potatoes, rice, beans, fresh vegetables like avocado and hot peppers, sweet plantains, and SO much more, are combined into a huge assortment of truly authentic Peruvian dishes.
Fans of this local restaurant are particularly fond of these popular entrees: the Tallarines Verdes con Bistee, the Lomo Saltado, the Jalea Mixta, and the Arroz con Camaron, to name but a few. The menu goes on and on with everything from hot and cold appetizers (try the Causa Rellena de Pollo or the crunchy Chicharron de Calamaede) to Civeche to soups to more chicken, beef and pasta dishes. All are made from scratch using the techniques and methods that bring the cuisine of Peru, right here to Rhode Island. Despite the claims of their competitors, there really is nothing like Machupicchu Restaurante II.
Machupicchu Restaurante II is unique and special. If you are looking to expand and elevate your usual repertoire of places to eat, you must try this busy restaurant located at 1366 Chalkstone Avenue in Providence. Reservations recommended for larger parties. Call 401-490-0098. Hours are Mon. – Thurs., noon – 9:00pm (closed Tuesdays), Friday & Sat., noon to 10:00pm and Sundays, noon to 9:00pm.