On today’s post I wanted to feature one of my favorite places in Ithaca, Pizza Aroma. Not only do they make my favorite pizza in town, but Mauricio, the owner, also has a full menu of authentic Salvadorian food including delicious pupusas and tamales which are two of my all time favorite Central American foods. Tamales are pretty well known Latin fare as they are a popular Mexican dish and many countries have their own version of the tamal.
In Central America they wrap the tamale in banana leaves instead of corn husks which make them more moist and gives the masa a different color. The tamales at Pizza Aroma are delicious and come in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties.
Everything I’ve tried at Pizza Aroma has been great, but my FAVORITES are the pupusas. Pupusas, unlike tamales, come exclusively from El Salvador and they are incredibly delicious. The dish, made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla (prepared using masa de maíz, a cornmeal dough used in Latin American cuisine) is usually filled with refried beans, cheese as well as cooked port meat (chicharrón). As pictured below, pupusas are usually served with a homemade tomato salsa and curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar).
At Pizza Aroma you can find pupusas any day of the week and they come in two varieties: beans and cheese or beans, cheese and pork. For $4.00 you get two plus a side of sauce and curtido. When I asked Mauricio why he decided to add El Salvadorian food to the menu, he said that since there aren’t many Latin food options in town he thought it would be a good addition to what his restuarant offers. I could not agree more!
If you have never stopped by Pizza Aroma for their Latin Food I encourage you to do so. You will not be disappointed. They have a surprising variety both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians (click here to see their menu options), and the service is fast and friendly.