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Posted by masn on 11/14/2007
A lot of reviews talk about the chicken, which is good, but they are overlooking so many other dishes. Some of the appetizers are ok, others are good, and a few others are not good. I'm Peruvian and picky with the food, so I know what is my benchmark: food in Peru, that is hardly replicated here or in any other "Peruvian" restaurant in NY. In general the entrees are good and come in huge portions (lomo saltado, corvina inca, pescado a lo macho, camarones Cusco, etc). I didn't like the Arroz con mariscos: good portion but tasteless. In summary, good food at good prices except for a few "errors" that not Peruvian people probably won't notice at all.
Posted by Jack on 10/22/2007
After the stellar reviews on menupages, I tried Pio Pio take-out a couple of times recently. Unfortunately, I find the fuss to be a whole lot of hype: the Chicken Pio, which is a spiced rotisserie Peruvian chicken preparation is very tasty, as is the great green chili sauce which accompanies it. However, this does not compare to other nearby places. The strongest part of Pio is the value: $4 for a tasty half-chicken is hard to beat. However, for slightly more money, there is better Peruvian down the street. Also: Pio's other dishes are very mediocre (including both tamal appetizers, as well as the entree dishes). Aside from the chicken, I cannot recommend Pio. Also: service (even for take-out) is quite gruff: when I requested no cilantro in my dishes, I was greeted with a "What...what is cilantro? What do you mean?" After explaining that it was a pungent green herb also called corriander, dhana, etc. (literally explained this), she said, "Um hehe no no...no, I don't think we carry that here." Of course my food was filled with it and an eyeroll met my simple question upon pick-up of, "do you take visa?"
Posted by Anna on 10/18/2007
I really don't want to give Pio Pio a review because my fear is that I will never be seated there again due to overload of custumers that will soon be flocking to the Upper West Side Gem! The food was out of the world, service was exceptional (never had an empty glass). Cost : let's just say it almost free for the quality and freshness, Atmosphere was great would have given higher number but the music was really loud and it made it hard to talk to my dining partner but the decor was very welcoming and warm. Other than that this place is not to be missed.... Excellent!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/27/2007
Pio Pio is a god send to the upper west side. $8 for an entire chicken makes me wonder how they can possibly afford their rent. If we're lucky though, they will be at 94th street for years to come because the food is excellent and the prices are unreal. delivery was disasterous, i recommend just walking there and picking up if you want to eat at home. and the green sauce that comes with the chicken, must have drugs in it... sometimes it haunts my dreams. Pio Pio- the upper west side welcomes you!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2007
i love pio pio! the food is fresh, delicious and the portions are huge. husband and i have been there with other groups and have had huge delicious meals with cocktails and wine for less than $30 pp. the ambiance is simple and festive, service is adequate - overall its a great neighborhood staple! we love it and will continue to go all the time.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2007
The best food at great prices - period. The chicken is juicy and flavorful, the salads are huge with mountains of fresh avocado, and a great variety of side dishes. The servings are huge -- you can easily feed 2-4 people with one of their combo meals, which includes chicken, salad, and sides -- for under $30 total! I highly recommend to anyone.