Authentic Maya Cuisine
For the past 20 years, owner Doña Ofira de Urquizú and her family have served dishes from the 21 unique Maya cultures. Facing the old cobblestone streets of Antigua, the restaurant’s storefront is lined with ceramic pots of thick rustic stews that are the heart and soul of Maya cooking. One of the specialties at La Cuevita de los Urquizu is revalocado, a famous Guatemalan stew made with a whole pig’s head and organ meat cooked in tomatoes, chiles and herbs. Doña Ofira also creates a rich and complex version of Guatemala’s national dish, pork ribs braised in a spicy pumpkin seed and chile sauce, as well as a sausage, potato and pacaya soup, and sweet plantains in a chocolate and tomato mole for dessert. It’s breathtaking braised comfort food.
2da Calle Oriente #9-D, Antigua, Guatemala
Photographs courtesy of Travel Channel.