Ay Ay Picante | Albany Park | South American | Restaurant
Mayfair Peruvian restaurant that has grown from a modest mom-and-pop to a popular success. It's still BYO.

Our Review

It's all about seafood and starch—mainly in spud form—at this Peruvian spot owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team. For starters we tried the ocopa a traditional appetizer of cold boiled potatoes served with a strong, somewhat minty-flavored sauce made with cheese, ground walnuts, and huacatay, a herb native to the Andes. An ample plate of ceviche offered copious calamari and shrimp plus sweet potato, onions, and corn. Fresh and delightfully tangy, it could've served as a main course. We next tried a dish of steamed shrimp served with tomatoes and onions in a white wine sauce, and the bistec encebollado, a thin cut of beef also prepared with sauteed onions and tomatoes, and while neither made the impression on us that our appetizers had, they were savory and satisfying. Service was excellent, and the cheerful pre-Columbian murals on the walls do a solid job of brightening up the storefront space.

Susannah J. Felts

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