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Peru Travel News: Lima. a city of good eating

Lima. Dec. 06 (ANDINA). Few nations in the world maintain such a rich culinary tradition as Peru. and few people take as much pride in their food as Peruvians do. And with good reason. for Peruvian cuisine. boasting a creole mix of African cuisine. Spanish dishes. and Andean delicacies. is among the most diverse in the world. according to an article at

Thus. in any restaurant in Lima. Peru's capital. one can easily find good food.

But just as Peru has a rich tradition in the realm of food. Peru's history is richer still. and that's where the Antigua Taberna Queirolo comes into play.

Situated across the street from some of Peru's most famous museums from that nation's post-independence "republican" period. this tabern is like a cultural side-show to that history.

The Queirolo family moved to a neighborhood called Magdalena Vieja. founded in the 16th century. during Peru's war of independence.

In 1821. that neighborhood was re-baptized as "Pueblo Libre" (literally. "free town") by General Jose de San Martin. Peru's liberator from Spanish colonial rule. who lived just a block away from where the tabern now stands.

In 1880. Don Santiago Queirolo Raggio. now the patriarch of the Queirolo family. started up his own pub. called the Taberna Queirolo.

Since that time. the tabern has been a common meeting ground for Peru's intellectuals.

Located in the heart of a district that came to epitomize modern Peru after independence was won in 1821. the tabern became a symbol of Lima's creole lifestyle and Peru's leading politicians and writers and other members of the educated class frequented the pub almost nightly. listening to good music and calming their thirst with home-made wine and pisco. a strong Peruvian alcoholic beverage. provided by the Queirolo family.

Throughout the nation's history. the Antigua Taberna Queirolo was not only a meeting place for intellectuals but also the breeding ground for the revolutions that ousted tyrant after tyrant in Peru's tumultuous past.

Source: Andina
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