Ricardo Zarate Says Paiche Is No Cevicheria

The Peruvian chef talks about his next Westside restaurant

Photograph by Lisa Romerein

Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate hopes to debut his third restaurant this month, in Marina del Rey. Named Paiche (pronounced PIE-chay), after the giant Amazonian river fish, the operation is being described as a cevicheria, but Zarate says don’t be fooled. “People hear ‘cevicheria’ and they think it’s only raw fish. In Peru a cevicheria is just a seafood restaurant. There are hot dishes, even meat.” Expect plates large enough to share and, of course, plenty of pisco.