Pio Pio Vs. Pio Pio Riko: The Battle of the Peruvian Chicken Combos
Rotisserie chicken is great. Peruvian style rotisserie chicken is even better—and Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken combination meals are the best. Imagine a whole roasted chicken, salad, tostones, rice, beans, and salchipapas (french fries and fried hot dog slices), and as much green sauce as you'd like—all in one meal. It's a wonderful festival of starch and meat, enough to feed a family of four. This week I went to two of the larger Peruvian chain restaurants: Pio Pio on Northern Boulevard (with branches in Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx) and Pio Pio Riko in Sunnyside (with Brooklyn locations as well).
They both offer family-style combination meals. Pio Pio has the Matador Combo, for $32, and Pio Pio Riko has their Combo Limeño, for $21.95. They both offer the same items, and they both have their fans.
But is one superior? We went to find out.
Best chicken: Toss-up.
Best avocado salad: Pio Pio.
Best green sauce: Pio Pio Riko.
Best rice and beans: Pio Pio Riko.
Best tostones: Pio Pio.
Best salchipapas: Pio Pio Riko.
Even beyond the food, Pio Pio Riko's free glass of wine at the end of the meal and the price difference are what really push them over the top. Pio Pio has a much larger space and better ambiance, but for food quality, quantity, and price, Pio Pio Riko has them beat.
Pio Pio Riko
45-23 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside Queens (map)