Now Open: If you’re into authentic Peruvian food, give Saltao a shot

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Saltao, a new Peruvian restaurant, recently opened in Charlotte.

Think Viva Chicken, but with a more extensive Peruvian menu.

“The difference between Saltao and other Peruvian restaurants is that when you eat at Saltao, the food and the environment make you feel as if you were eating at a local restaurant in Peru,” said Cap Dollaz, Saltao’s social media manager.

The name is short for saltado, a popular Peruvian dish, and the restaurant serves authentic dishes derived from the rich history of Lima, Peru.

Saltao, owned by Raul Peñaherrera, is open at the corner of Colony and Rea (7741 Colony Road.).

Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

Saltao gives you seasoned corn nuts upon arrival for a little snack.

Saltao corn nuts

Saltao corn nuts


Since opening a few months ago, the restaurant has generated 3.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp.  Photo via Salteo/Facebook

Fans of Charlotte’s other Peruvian restaurants may be familiar with dishes like stuffed avocados, rotisserie chicken, fried sweet plantains and fried rice — but Saltao also offers causa (cold mashed potatoes), ceviche (marinated seafood), saltado (stir fry with French fries) and quimoto (seafood mix with quinoa).

Saltao avocados

Avocado Limeño (Palta Limeña) – avocado halves filled with quinoa salad ($9)

Saltao rice

Chaufa Rice (Arroz Chaufa) – Peruvian-style fried rice; a mix of chicken, beef or seafood, scrambled eggs, green onions, soy sauce and sweet red pepper ($15.99 beef)

Saltao saltado

Saltado – strips of chicken or beef sautéed with fresh onions, tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce and French fries ($13.99 chicken)

And, yes – Saltao serves the trifecta of Peruvian ají sauces that we’ve all grown to love.

Saltao sauces

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