Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
Grilled paiche fish wrapped in bijao leaves
Av. la Paz 1079, Miraflores 15074, Lima
+51 1 2219393
Chief reason to visit: Ámaz is the first and only restaurant of its kind presenting Amazonian cuisine with urban vibes. Pedro Miguel Schiaffino has managed to bring much research and passion into a concept that brings enjoyment to every kind of customer.
A few words on the chef: Schiaffino trained in New York at the Culinary Institute of America, and at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Piedmont. He gained experience at renowned Italian restaurants such as Dal Pescatore, owned by the Santini family, and Pinocchio by Piero Bertinotti. He has received many awards for his contribution to Peruvian Cuisine and has opened a non-governmental organisation, Despensa Amazónica, to support indigenous communities.
Typical dishes: Amazonian cuisine in three different perspectives: fish broth with pehuelpa and macambo showcasing ancestral cuisine, chicken juane to give a feel for traditional Amazonian cuisine and churros pishpirones, an example of contemporary cuisine.
What else? The chef’s natural habitat is the rainforest. He started his journey of research and dedication to the area in 2001. Today, if he is not in his restaurant, he is usually in the middle of the jungle, learning indigenous techniques, fishing or researching wild products.
Other ventures: Schiaffino is also the owner of Malabar, a regular on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Images: Jason Sullivan