Picca

9575 W. Pico. Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310-277-0133
Critics' Pick

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  • Sun.-Tue., 6-10 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 6-11 p.m.
  • $$
  • Beer/Wine
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Los Angeles is both lucky and unusual in that it's rich in Peruvian cuisine — even high-end Peruvian cuisine, thanks to Nobu's longtime influence and, more recently, Ricardo Zarate. Zarate's Picca may be this country's most perfect expression of upscale Peruvian, a glorious merging of the lime-, coconut- and potato-heavy cuisine of Peru with the loud, fun, bar-driven culture of L.A. There's energy in this restaurant: energy in the room, energy on the plate. The menu is divided into categories that are not mutually exclusive (Street, Family, Play, Proper); there's not a whole lot of rhyme or reason to what you can expect from each, other than that the dishes will be uniformly delicious. Ceviches are bright and fresh and often come with an unexpected twist, while the Causa Bar offers bites of zing (spicy yellowtail; lobster and caviar) atop bites of whipped potato, like a play on nigiri sushi. Lots of dishes come on a stick or in some other bite-sized, share-friendly preparation. The cocktails by Julian Cox are not only fantastic but they actually match the food — no easy trick with a menu this wide-ranging and colorful.

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