Along with Julia Child and The Colonel, there aren’t many people in the world of chicken that we’d like to meet as much as Mama Juanita, whose name is all over the Pio Pio menu. Her namesake chicken, which is the focus at all eight locations, is better than almost any rotisserie-style bird in the city. For $10, you get a half chicken with juicy meat and a side of spicy Peruvian green sauce that balances out the sweetness of the skin. In case you want to go down the very wise path of chasing chicken with more chicken, you should get the empanadas de pollo, which are stuffed with a shredded version of Mama Juanita’s chicken.
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