La Feria Aug19

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La Feria

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La Feria Peruvian restaurant gives you more than just a wonderful meal, it also offers a wonderful cultural experience.  Inside the restaurant is a unique gift shop selling original folk art from Peru. This charming little place is easy to miss. It’s quietly perched above the popular Pamela’s Restaurant in Shadyside on Walnut Street. In fact, you actually have to walk through the doors of Pamela’s and then up the stairs to get there.

When I was first introduced to La Feria about 12 years ago, Peruvian food sounded like something that should scare me away.  But I was pleasantly surprised. It’s actually wonderful.  It can sometimes be a bit spicy but most of the time it’s just perfect with lots of shredded chicken and beef,  fresh herbs (especially cilantro), and veggies.   One favorite seems to be the Ropa Vieja which is shredded beef slowly cooked with onions and tomatoes and served over garlic rice.

But the person who first recommended it to me suggested I always get the combination platter featuring the two daily specials — one meat and another vegetarian ($13.95) It always comes with fresh salad and bread and it couldn’t be any better.

This day I ordered my usual as take-out when on a quick lunch break. Today’s specials were Pollo a la Bahia (shredded chicken simmered in coconut milk with fresh cilantro and hot peppers) and Solterito (chilled red skin potatoes smothered in a black bean and corn confetti salsa).  All wonderfully tender and perfectly seasoned.

 

Three tips if you try La Feria:

* It’s BYOB

* Try the freshly squeezed limeade

* For a heavenly dessert try the Torta De Chocolate “La Feria” served warm with raspberry compote($4.25)

OK. Now to what makes this place even more charming. The amazing gift shop that’s part of the restaurant.  It’s a color explosion of a culture far away and sure to spark interesting conversation or just give you something to look at if you’re dining alone or if you have  a boring date!

La Feria is owned by Pamela Cohen (you’ll recognize her name as the co-owner of Pamela’s restaurant)  and Luisa Porras who’s a native of Peru. They often take trips to Peru and check out the food and bring back folk art.  They offer hand woven pillow covers, embroidered cotton bags, hand made tapestry, reverse painting on glass mirrors, picture frames, hand carved gourds, pottery and much more.

The owner’s website says, “Our goal is to preserve the quality and tradition of Peruvian folk art by providing a market in the US. We travel to Peru regularly and personally select each piece ourselves.”

I think they’re doing a great job of offering Pittsburghers a taste of something very special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Feria , 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 ratings