Part of my family is from Peru so when we found that Peruvian Restaurant had opened downtown Lee, MA; near our summer home we were ecstatic! We first visited Alpamayo Restaurant soon after its inauguration and have been loyal customers ever since. The place is homey and friendly; it is run by a Peruvian couple; the wife serves as the hostess and the chef is the husband. I do not know whether it is the location or the clientele but I have found that ethnic restaurants in Lee like other small towns have a hard time delivering dishes that would please everyone and at the same time keep their authenticity. The Peruvian dishes here represent however they sometimes struggle to remain true to flavor. Among the dishes we often enjoy here as appetizers are the Ceviche Mixto- adequate but could benefit with more citrusy notes and slightly more spices, (we usually correct at table). Oh! Sometimes the Chullpi corn is missing! Papa a la Huancaina dish is one of the best I have tried however it does not beat my mom's! Cooked pieces of potatoes covered in a creamy yellow pepper sauce accompanied by black olives and boiled eggs pieces, superb! Choclo con queso and Salchipapas are "street food" gone gourmet! My kids especially enjoyed these dishes! As entrees, various plates worth mentioning are the Roast Chicken, has always been a consistent repeat however I warn you it comes served with salad and French fries instead of the customary rice and beans; any "Salteado" is good and also the Chauflas! To drink they also have ethnic soda pops and a great Chicha Morada, (a South American drink made from purple corn). Overall, Alpamayo is a great addition to town bringing a taste of South America to the Berkshires!
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