Where the Caribbean meets South America
Pica Pica tastes different than most Latin American foods. Our vibrant, bold flavors come from a blend of Caribbean and South American ingredients that we slow-cook to bring out layers of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.
Family recipes made from scratch
Some of our dishes have more than 60 ingredients and take up to 48 hours to prepare. Everything is made from scratch using fresh ingredients – the way our family has cooked for generations.
Well seasoned, sometimes hot!
Corn, coconut, mango, plantains, passion fruit
Cumin, bay leaves, lime & orange juice, smoky sweet peppers
Cilantro, garlic, mustard seeds, hot peppers.
Comfort from our family’s kitchen
Pica Pica started with a desire to introduce our Venezuelan heritage to our family in the San Francisco Bay Area. For us, food is comfort. It brings us together and tells the story of our lives. So we decided to share generations of family recipes, cooked in kitchens across Venezuela. Pica Pica originates from these moments of shared culinary traditions.
We’re excited to invite you to our table, and our kitchen, to experience the spontaneous, cheeky, playfully mischievous Venezuelan culture through our fresh take on classic dishes.
Bold moves with classic Venezuelan dishes
We’re having fun creating new ways for you to enjoy the flavors of Venezuela, from layers of slow-cooked savory fillings in our arepas, to taro chip nachos and our original Pica’pun spicy sauce.
Our main dish is the AREPA, which we like to describe as Venezuela in a pocket:
Arepas: crispy, grilled corn pockets you eat with your hands.
Cachapas: sweet corn crepes served on a plate.
Both are made fresh daily and stuffed with layers of our savory fillings.
Nachos PICA PICApulled pork, taro chips, black beans, cheese, tomato, onions, cilantro, garlic aioli, guasacaca*
Tres Empanadas with guasacaca*choice of beef, chicken, cheese or vegan (plantains & beans)
Shrimp Ceviche & plantain chips
Sweet Plantains with queso fresco
Yuca Fries with guasacaca*
Garlic Yuca Fries with guasacaca*
Tostones Green fried plantains
Plantain & Taro Chips with guasacaca*
FIRST: choose what you'd like as your base
Grilled corn pocket, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.
Stuffed with a savory filling
Sweet corn crepe made with fresh yellow corn, filled with a savory filling and folded over.
Served with a few bites of our tangy slaw
Have a serving of one of our savory fillings accompanied by coconut rice, black beans & sweet plantains
THEN: Choose one of our savory fillings
Shredded Beef Pabellónsweet plantains, black bean purée, queso fresco
Asado Negroblackened beef, sweet plantains, queso fresco
Pulled Pork Perniltomato, avocado, pica’pun, aioli
Spicy Chicken Catiramozzarella cheese, greens, tomato, pica’pun
Grilled Chickenblack bean purée, tomato, queso fresco, Guasacaca
Crispy Chickenspicy pickled mojo, lettuce, jicama, tomato, aioli, Guasacaca
Vegetariana (vegetarian)grilled tofu, avocado, plantains, black bean purée, aioli
Shuli (vegan)spicy black beans, tomato, red onions, avocado, cilantro
CaribeSmoky grilled shrimp, spicy pickled mojo, lettuce, jicama, avocado, aioli
Vegan:sweet plantains, black bean purée, tomato, avocado, pickled jicama
shredded chicken, potatoes, corn, queso fresco, avocado & cream
mixed greens, roasted corn, red bell peppers,
jicama, pineapple, passion fruit vinaigrette
Ensalada Verde Caracas
mixed greens, avocado, crispy taro, tomatoes,
red onions, marinated hearts of palm, house
Add any savory filling
COCONUT QUESILLOVenezuelan Creme caramel
YUCA BEIGNETSBuñuelos de yuca with Dulce de Leche dipping sauce
Spice up your desk or dinner table
Let us bring our sweet, savory and spicy flavors right to you for lunch, dinner, a hearty snack or to satisfy a late-night craving.
Need it for a party or at your office? Try our CATERING!
Easy to please everyone
With a Pica Pica catering order you can accommodate any dietary needs. Our menu presents a unique combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, with a versatile set-up, that is perfect for groups of people to share.
Choose from pre-portioned grab-and-go options, fun DIY arepa and nacho bars or family-style portions so guests can serve themselves.
a-MAIZE-ing flavors, all 100% GLUTEN FREE
Pica Pica’s core ingredients, corn, plantains, taro & yuca root are naturally gluten free.
We have perfected creating flavorful food with no gluten, inspired by traditional recipes. Pica Pica guarantees you’ll never compromise flavor for gluten free food. With dishes that have up to 60 ingredients, we bring layers of sweet, savory and spicy flavors to every bite.
We take our commitment to serving a 100% Gluten Free menu very seriously. To that end, we periodically test our recipes at Bia Diagnostica Labs and NIMA. The test results from 2015 and 2019 are available for review.
Can’t keep our flavors bottled up!
Add a little Pica Pica to any meal. Your favorite arepas, fillings, sauces and juices are now packaged so you can make a Pica Pica meal at home or for pot lucks, picnics, camping trips and any other fun gathering with family and friends.
Ceviche base mix