Ceviche and risotto are two dishes that may not have started in Puerto Rico, but since being imported, have certainly become staples of the island food scene, abandoning their Perulian (Italiaruvian?) roots like discarded clothes to become something completely new. Gone native, as it were. And no one celebrates their born-again nativism better than Gusttito's, which balances its menu on the weight of both dishes, allowing them to lift it high above your average food truck offerings.
The ceviche itself rotates daily, based on availability of ingredients and the catch of the day, while the risotto rotates on a more controlled basis - namely, via your control. You choose the meat that goes in, you choose the spices, and you choose the sides - from yellow asparagus to pigeon peas to bacon and avocado. It's the risotto of your dreams precisely because it comes from you. Stuffed plantains round everything out, packed with your choice of chicken, steak or seafood, leaving you with a plate that may be imported, but is essentially Puerto Rican in every way. And also just essential to eat, obviously. That's the real takeaway here.
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