La Pianola

Reportaje en la revista Bon Apetit del mes de Agosto de 1991

Finding the best: Go to La Pianola for terrific tortilla show

A Guadalajara holiday can be as quiet as lunch on the lovely tree-shaded patio at la Pianola.

AT LA PIANOLA (AN ABSOLUTELY charming restaurant near the Quinta Real on Avenida Mexico), the tempo really picks up when Costa Rican pianist Victor Hugo (he says that's his real name) sits down to chump out his own compositions. Just look for dhe sidewalk counter where women are patting out tortillas against a market background of baskets of fruits and vegetables. Behind it is dhe rambling family home of Susana Chavez Paulsen, who founded La Pianola in 1982. "I named it after a player piano we had when I was a child," she says. "I thought it was a magical dining."

This is the place to safely sample all the street food that looks so tempting in the Libertad market-fat gorditas; the crunchy fried pork skin called chicharron; cornmeal sopes stuffed with beans and cheese; cecina de res (crisp squares of dark dried beef) squirted with fresh lime juice; squashy meat-filled tortas ahogadas with red chili sauce spooned over the soft bread; and, in the evenings, pozole, the hearty soup of pork, chicken, chilies and hominy chat is Jalisco's most famous dish. There is also a second La Pianola near dhe intersection of Avenida Vallarta and Avenida de las Americas.


An unusual but delicious drink from La Pianola restaurant.


1 cup fresh orange juice

1 cup tomato juice

/2 cup tequila

2 tablespoons grenadine syrup

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

i/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce lo teaspoon Maggi seasoning sauce

Combine all ingredients in pitcher. Season with salt and pepper. Fill 4 glasses with ice.

Pour sangrita over and serve.

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