It’s easy to walk right past the Horno Colonial San Francisco Pisac or Colonial Oven which is tucked away unobtrusively in a courtyard on Mariscal Castilla street in Pisac. The dome shaped clay oven is over 200 years old and is used to bake the house speciality, their  empanadas, a type of bread pastry filled with either cheese, chicken or beef with onions, tomato and oregano. If you are looking for a more traditional dish and aren’t squeamish, you can pick your own guinea pig (a traditional delicacy around these parts) from the cage in the corner and have it roasted along with a selection of traditional local potatoes.

This isn’t a restaurant as such but more of a place to stop by for a quick snack or a quick photo of the oven. Decor is rustic with cement floors and basic tables and chairs but somehow it feels just right. The oven is also used as a community oven, so don’t be surprised to see locals popping in to cook cakes or plates of guinea pig alongside your empanada.

Buen provecho!

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