Photo courtesy of Peruvian Brothers
From a press release:
This Spring, the Peruvian Brothers, Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, are bringing the authentic, unique tastes of “Comida Criolla” to the streets of Washington D.C. in a food truck owned and operated by the brothers themselves.
As a two time Olympic athlete in competitive rowing, Giuseppe Lanzone is the driving force on the business side to match his brother’s prowess in the kitchen. The brothers were born and raised off the coast of Lima, Peru, in a close-knit community of “La Punta” where family and the ocean reigned. The flavors that dominated their childhood are the tastes they crave the most, inspiring the Lanzone brothers to team up to represent the tastiest part of their Peruvian heritage.
The history behind the Peruvian Comida Criolla cuisine is as appealing and complex as the unique combinations of flavor. With roots in Andean-Spanish-Afro-Peruvian and Asian influences, Comida Criolla boasts powerful flavors that are sorely missing from the streets of D.C. Recipes passed down in the Lanzone family as well as Mario’s own original spins on traditional Peruvian favorites give the menu an authentic taste with a unique twist.
Peruvian Brothers will specialize in sandwiches and empanadas featuring chicharron (pork tenderloin), asado (beef), chicken and butifarra (pork loin) as well as vegetarian options all served with traditional Salsa Criolla, thinly sliced julienne onions marinated in lime juice with chopped Peruvian chilies. On the sweet side, Peruvian Brothers offers tasty rice pudding and traditional alfajores, which are soft, delicate cookies with dulce de leche filling. Mario’s famous homemade Lucuma and Maracuya ice cream highlights the authentic flavors of the subtropical fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru. As budding entrepreneurs, Giuseppe and Mario are certainly no strangers to hard work. Mario is a full time bartender at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge and spends his summers captaining yachts in the Mediterranean.
Giuseppe competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics for the United States rowing team and currently coaches rowing at Georgetown University. He looks to apply the same Olympic intensity and drive towards this new venture. In fact, the duo spent two full months hunting down the perfect bread that most accurately inspired their Peruvian taste buds which is now a custom “Peruvian Brothers” recipe on the menu at The French Bread factory in Sterling, Virginia. To sample their authentic Peruvian fare, follow the Peruvian Brothers truck via @PeruBrothers on Twitter and Facebook.