First Look: Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant near Yonge and Lawrence


Lake Erie pickerel with quinoa (Images: Rachel Bloom)

Alessandro and Giancarlo Colombaro grew up with their Peruvian mother’s cooking. And they’ve also spent their lives working in restaurants — their father, Nick Colombaro, is a veteran Toronto restaurateur. So it’s fitting that the two brothers have teamed up to open Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant at Yonge and Lawrence.

Alessandro describes Pisco’s food as “modern gourmet Peruvian.” Giancarlo acts as executive chef, with Jason Koo as head chef.

Dishes include pan-seared duck with quinoa risotto ($28), rack of lamb cooked in a Peruvian chocolate sauce ($32) and anticuchos de corazón ($22), which are beef hearts marinated with spices and Peruvian peppers.

Of course, there’s also ceviche ($14), which features a daily fresh fish marinated in leche de tigre (a citrus sauce). The Colombaros have also upgraded one of their favourite dishes that their mother used to make: lomo saltado ($23), which is a Peruvian stir-fry made here with beef tenderloin.

Pisco, named after the South American grape brandy, was given a grape-themed décor by the brothers themselves (that means pictures of Peruvian vineyards on the walls, painted a grape-green shade).

The restaurant, which had its soft opening on May 11, is hoping to have a grand opening in mid-July.

Pisco, 3249 Yonge St. 416-482-8880

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