Francesco Restaurant: Try the Squid Ink Risotto with Aji Amarillo Sauce
Located on a quiet street in Coral Gables, Francesco Restaurant is known for its pristine Peruvian dishes. It has outposts in two other countries: Peru and Argentina. And in Lima, it's an institution.
Photos by Carina Ost Black and yellow. Black and yellow.
If you want to try a beautiful dish, try Francesco's squid ink risotto with shrimp and ají amarillo sauce ($35).
The al dente risotto is perfectly cooked -- stirred continuously until reaching a creamy consistency. Atop the black ink-infused rice rests a yellow chili sauce that adds spice and color. Finished with shrimp, it's a decadent and exotic meal.
Sure, you might get black ink on your teeth and tongue. But it's worth it. (Which is why we asked ourselves: Why isn't more food black and yellow?)
If you prefer lighter seafood dishes, order the tiradito Francesco ($16). It features fine cuts of fish topped with white ceviche sauce.
Carina Ost White tiradito.
How is this dish different from ceviche? Tiradito lacks onions, and its fish is sliced differently. We tried the corvina -- and it was as fresh as can be.
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