‘Pesca Peruvian Bistro’ Opens on Main Street

Growing up on the Pacific Ocean in his native Peru, Jose Draganac ate a lot of fish. 

He began cooking at an early age and honed his skills, first at culinary school in Lima, studying under fellow countryman and celebrated chef Gastón Arcurio, then working for 15 years at home and in the United States, most recently with the Z Hospitality, a group of area restaurants that includes Solé, Mediterraneo and Terra. There, he connected restaurateur Wilson Rodriguez—part of a group that had opened Costa Brava in Norwalk and Macarena Tapas in Stamford—and the pair decided to realize a shared vision in opening Draganac’s own place. “It’s always on the back burner,” Draganac said Monday from the dining floor of Pesca Peruvian Bistro at 70 Main St. “As a chef, you want to do your own thing. It’s a passion that you have and something that you have to get the right time, the right partner, the right people to get together to make something successful.”

So far, so good.

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Peruvian Restaurant ‘Pesca’ To Open on Main Street

A Peruvian restaurant is opening on Main Street in New Canaan. “Pesca” will open in September at 70 Main St., according to owner Wilson Rodriguez, formerly the space occupied by Japanese restaurant Plum Tree. A 30-year veteran of the restaurant scene from Norwalk, Rodirquez said he’s confident that Pesca will add to the unique landscape of options in town. “My partner and chef is an expert in Peruvian cuisine” Rodriguez said. “His culinary education comes from a school right in Lima, Peru.”

“There’s nothing like what we’re going to open around,” he added.