Prior to me leaving the States for my trip to Peru Rick Daviscourt said to me, "Jeff, when you get here I am going to take you out for pizza and a glass of wine!" Rick further explained, "This will be an opportunity for me to relax as well."
Once in Arequipa, and after a few nights into my visit Rick ditched his vehicle and off we went for pizza. Ever so responsible and due to the zero tolerance for driving & drinking in Peru we took a cab to
(an up scale pizzeria in Cayma (district) Arequipa.)
|Being a former restaurant owner I can be an insufferable critic. |
Fortunately, I was able to do exactly what Rick was eager to do, relax and enjoy with him, his favorite place to dine.
We climbed a short stair case up to the front door of the Pizzeria. The street below was busy as are most of the streets in this part of Arequipa. The sun had long since vanished offering a cool but comfortable evening.
The exterior of the pizzeria was nice contrasting a certain elegance similar to Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. I was comfortable due to the night air and the overall aesthetics of the exterior environment Ricks's pizzeria offered.......
We ordered two large pizzas with Rick ordering his wine. I had a beer served to me in an ice cold glass I might add. I have no idea what we ordered from the menu. I just know that Rick and I ate every single piece (vegetarian is what comes to mind) *Simply delicious!* The crust was not the familiar American crusts I was use to, nothing like a wafer or cracker to be sure. The sauce was sweet, not overwhelming while the vegetable toppings were not overly populated. The pizza was, in one word, OUTSTANDING!
Everything about my experience visiting La Luciernaga was exceptional.
I chatted with Diego about his establishment learning that he has lived in Miami for a period moving to Arequipa specifically to open his restaurant. Diego is a native of Peru, I believe he said Lima (?) Mr. Poppe is very warm, friendly, and accomplished. His restaurant is well received and his food, along with the presentation of what he is doing, is nicely done.
I was full after about three slices but, continued eating until none was left. Rick Daviscourt ate the last piece...we were stuffed, overly satisfied. Rick managed to fit a second glass of wine somewhere in his being as we sat enjoying the peaceful conversations that followed.
When next in Arequipa, Peru you can be sure that I will visit this pizzeria, shake the hand once again of Mr. Poppe asking for the music that Rick enjoys with an expectation to stuff myself a second time!
Highly recommend your visiting La Luciernaga when visiting Arequipa, Peru
Av. Cayma 512-Cayma, Arequipa