Mo-chica is a vibrant, urban restaurant serving Chef Ricardo Zarate’s modern interpretations on traditional Peruvian comfort food. Originally built in an assuming location in downtown Los Angeles, the restaurant’s humble setting proved a stark contrast for the innovative cuisine served.
Chef Ricardo Zarate, a good-humored Lima native who trained at some of London’s most celebrated restaurants for 12 years, opened Mo-chica in the summer of 2009 as his first solo endeavor. The restaurant immediately received recognition from both local and national audiences.
Both Mo-Chica and Picca, since their inceptions, were listed in LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants, curated by Jonathan Gold. In 2011, Los Angeles Magazine named Picca one of the ten Best New Restaurants in L.A. and Food & Wine Magazine awarded Zarate as “Best New Chef, People’s Choice.” In 2012, GQ Magazine’s Alan Richman cited Picca as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants in America,” and recognized the Artichoke with Huacatay Aioli and Aji Amarillo Butter as one of his “5 Best Dishes of the Year.” Additionally, Zarate is currently the face of Coca-Cola in Peru, further establishing his status as a culinary ambassador.