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Choza Mama

96 E. Colorado Blvd. (Raymond Ave.)
Pasadena, CA 91105
Featuring a traditional Peruvian menu, Choza Mama offers good ceviche and much more.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


Choza Mama Restaurant Review:

Suddenly, Lima is a culinary Mecca. With its unique blend of Latin and Asian influences, the cuisine is a natural for Los Angeles. At Choza Mama in Old Pasadena, we like sitting down to a big plate of papa a la huancaina, mopping up whatever is left of its cheese sauce with fresh bread. We also enjoy the ceviche mixto (filled with octopus, shrimp, calamari, fish and mussels) enhanced with a splash of ají, the Peruvian pepper sauce that Choza Mama offers in three potencies. There is also picante de mariscos, a flavorful seafood potato stew cooked in white wine. Main courses include traditional lomo saltado (steak and vegetables wok-sautéed with french fries), and a nicely seasoned filet of sole served with quinoa risotto and a bed of garlic spinach. Choza Mama is a good-looking, casual place with mustard and sage walls, some Inca-inspired accessories and plasma screens for fútbol (not football, which was one of the draws at this location’s former tenant, Hooters). A full bakery occupies one side of the restaurant.

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