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BY DANIEL GROGAN
The flavors of Ditmars are everevolving,
and Rosatoro, a newly
opened Peruvian restaurant at the
intersection of Ditmars and 35th
Street, aspires to ensure that they
stay fresh and exciting.
Opened on Nov. 1 by Bruno
Salazar and his two brothers, Jimmy and
Francisco, Rosatoro serves up food that
encapsulates the blend of traditional and
modern that Ditmars Boulevard represents.
“Our vision for the restaurant was to
provide modern Peruvian cuisine while
still using the authentic flavors, spices and
peculiarities from traditional Peruvian cuisine,”
Bruno Salazar said. “As for the space,
we aimed for modern décor with Peruvian
details and an upbeat atmosphere.”
The brothers succeeded in making the
space feel upbeat, and they did not sacrifice
any comfort in the process. Though the
interior décor reflects modern sensibilities,
the heavy wood and warm color palette
keep Rosatoro from getting too far away
from tavern-esque coziness.
“Given our goal is to provide our clients
a scent of Peruvian instead of an out-loud
Peruvian blast, we wanted the interior to
look modern, yet warm, with a couple details
of Peruvian culture,” Salazar said.
The name of the restaurant evokes a
notable stretch of Peru’s capital city.
“Rosatoro is a well-known avenue in Lima,
Peru, that has a mixture of spicy ceviches,
seafood and live folkloric music,” Salazar
said. “When thinking about the name for
the new restaurant, we wanted something
authentic which depicts the atmosphere of
the restaurant: warm and upbeat.”
As for the menu, it feels at once familiar
and compelling — not unlike the décor. Rosatoro
serves Peruvian classics with slight
spins that reflect contemporary culture.
The wonderfully fluffy quinoa causa cro-
Photo courtesy of Rosatoro