For our only dinner in Cuzco, I researched and found that Cicciolina was the most popular fine dining spot in the town. So, I made reservations well in advance to secure a table. It was a little tricky to find, as the entrance is tucked in the courtyard of some other buildings, but after a few extra turns we found it and were seated at a round table by the front windows.
The menu seemed to have Italian influences more than the Peruvian tapas that I was expecting. As an appetizer, we shared a special featuring Andean mushrooms topped with cheese. There was sweet balsamic drizzle and berries on top that turned Keith off, but I did not mind it as much. The mushrooms were grilled to bring out their woodsy flavor.
Keith ordered Roasted Duck with Rocoto Risotto. The duck was cooked well, but again, drizzled in the sweet balsamic glaze that he was not fond of. It was also served with a mango chutney that added to the cloying sweetness. He expected the risotto to have more spice, since it was made with the local hot pepper, however it was pretty tame.
Overall, while the plating and options are a bit dated at Cicciolina, some dishes are more comforting than others. Cicciolina is another good spot for tourists to go if you are looking for a break from Peruvian cuisine, and want a more relaxed fine dining restaurant to linger with a bottle of wine.
Total Rating: 3.65
Food: 3.5, Price: 3.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 4.5