TAMPA — South Howard Avenue is lined with restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, American, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.
Chakana Soho, a new concept coming to the corner of South Howard and Platt Street, adds a new choice to the list of restaurants along the strip: Peruvian.
"The Peruvian gastronomy is at its prime right now," said Italo Pignano, who spent part of his childhood in Peru. "Peru has been named the best culinary destination in the world for the last four years by the World Travel Awards.
"A mixture of their rich flavors and culture has had heavy influence on my entire life, and now I want to share this experience with everyone in the Tampa Bay area."
Pignano is one of the main people behind some of Tampa Bay's nightlife destinations such as Jackson's Nightclub and AJA Channelside. He will be one of three owners in the new venture.
Anderson Ruiz brings more than 10 years of restaurant experience from having different culinary concepts in New York and Miami, as well as Tampa.
The third partner is Chris Rivas, the man behind downtown Tampa's Urban Cantina. Three years ago, a South Tampa Urban Cantina occupied the same building where Chakana Soho will open.
"We want to appeal to all the senses and will have a modern all-white interior design and Wynwood inspired walls (Miami Art District ) outside that will add a lot of attention to a corner which is already high in traffic," Pignano said.
The menu will feature ceviche, considered Peru's national dish, as well as jalea, an abundance of mixed seafood that is fried and topped with a tart salad of red onions, tomatoes and cilantro marinated in lime juice.
Chakana Soho will open it's doors at 223 S Howard Ave. in late Feburary. Visit, chakanasoho.com for more information, or to apply for a position.
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