We love finding places that tell a real story and the Doña Clorinda restaurant Pisac is one such place. Located on the outskirts of Pisac along the banks of the Vilcanota River this restaurant is a real local family affair!
Doña Clorinda, a pisac local and the matriarch of the family is a living legend. She returned to Pisac from Lima aged 40 with her five children in tow and started selling empanadas (a type of stuffed pastry turnover that Pisac is now famous for) and stuffed potatoes in the Pisac market on the main square long before busloads of tourists started arriving in town.
Fast forward 25 years and by dint of hard work and sacrifice the restaurant is now housed in a purpose built restaurant where the family also live. Doña Clorinda serves typical Andean food and doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t. You won’t find fancy gourmet Peruvian fusion or elaborate presentation here. But you will find simple, local dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
The house specialties include the famous quinoa and vegetable soup, lomo saltado (stir-fried beef) the traditional Andean ‘capchi’ dish which is a mix of green beans and carrots with cheese and milk as well as excellent local trout.
Daughter Mati takes care of front of house with a permanent smile on her face and son Manuel is head Chef in the kitchen. The restaurant décor is old-school Peruvian but they have a lovely outdoor garden space which is the perfect place for kids to play and a great spot to enjoy your meal outdoors on a sunny day.
This is simple Andean food, made with love.
Best of Peru Travel Recommends:
- Try Doña Clorinda’s star dish – stuffed potatoes filled with raisins, meat, olive and egg.
- Juices are delicious. They are made fresh with 100% fruit and served tall.