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Posted by Manolo on 01/13/2007
As a peruvian, I can tell you two things that really dissapointed me. First, of course, the food. It wasn't good enough to even say it was 'ok'. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as a restaurant in Peru, because of ingredients, freshness, etc, but this was not even close. We ate pollo a la brasa (broiled chicken with peruvian flavor). The chicken didn't pass the test, nor did the fried Yuca (Yuca frita) we ordered as an appetizer. The chicken was not completely cooked and it looked like they rushed to serve it because the place is kinda small and they had customers waiting... Even when it looked like they rushed to bring us the food (because of the way it was cooked), they took a while to serve it.... About the service, it was very poor. We never felt we were treated as valued customers and the waiters had no charisma at all, they kinda looked mad...Sorry but I wouldn't recommend this to anybody. I wish I were wrong...
Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2006
I've eaten there many times and ordered delivery from their upper east side location several times, and every time I order they take about an hour to arrive, even when they specifically say it would only take 30 minutes. The food is good there, but I don't know if it's worth the long wait. They need to hire more people or they will start losing business, fast.
Posted by Spark on 11/06/2006
We have been going to Pio Pio since it opened a few years ago, and we also frequent the older spot on Woodhaven Blvd in Queens. We eat out often and all over the City; from ethnic in Brooklyn to classic French. Without doubt Pio Pio has some of the best chicken anywhere in the five boroughs. I have never eaten in the restaurant here, and always take out. Thus, I'm not sure about service or delievery. Yet, when we call the order is always ready and correct for pick up, the front person couldn't be nicer. Granted, in all the many times we've gotten dinner there there have been a couple times where the chicken in "less good" than some other times but, all in all, its still excellent, even on a "bad" night. The green spicy sauce is great, as are the rice, beans and maduros. Warm up some tortillas and serve them with the chicken and sauce and you are all set. For sheer value few places beat it; $8 for a whole chicken and $6 more for rice and beans. I have recommended the spot to many people and all have now become regulars also. Highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2006
overall a decent value, but I don't understand the posts that rave about the chicken -- it didnt seem special to me. am I missing something?
Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2006
Chicken rice beans avocado salad is a tasty meal for under $25, but by the time dinner arrived (it took 1 hour), I already ate way too much leftover Halloween candy!
Posted by kernel on 10/28/2006
Ordered small seafood salad-was told they only had medium or large-huh? no small plates available? Yeah, right-the old sell-up cause we didn't order wine or sangria? Perhaps. During our entire meal dirty dishes were never cleared and our water glasses were refilled only upon request. Seafood salad and chicken were very good but avocado salad had little avocado and was drenched with dressing.
Posted by Mario on 10/24/2006
I went to Pio Pio over the weekend and I was highly impressed with the quality of this dish; the Peruvian style chicken is amazing, and it is even better when you have it with Sangria. Highly recommended.