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  • Being from Chicago I like to think that I know pizza

    • by FinnMcCool

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      Trying to find a good restaurant in the Mariscal of Quito is a bit hit or miss. There are those that stand out because of their food, atmosphere, or clients. Some cater to Irish, others to English. One that tries very hard not to differentiate while delivering quality food is Ananke.

      Ananke has two locations; one is in a area nor far from the city center overlooking a quiet valley. The second location is in the Mariscal district of Quito in a remodeled two story red house. This is not a typical tourist restaurant. Great care was put into the decoration and similar focus is applied to the menu and entertainment that the restaurant provides.

      I like original restaurants. Being from the States I have been inundated with chain after chain and concept restaurants

      that fail to deliver when the food is served. Ananke doesn´t pretend to be anything that it isn´t and this attitude is refreshing. The food is pizza cooked outside in a brick oven. The cocktail menu has a wide variety of well mixed drinks. Five dollars will get you half a pizza, a salad, and a soda during lunch time hours. This is a place that doesn´t lack in hospitality or atmostsphere.

      Being from Chicago I like to think that I know pizza. Although a bigger fan of thick crust Chicago style pizza, the thin crust pizza that Anake serves could be found in some of New York’s best pizza joints. The topping are generous and the crust is made fresh on premises. Where most pizza places go wrong in Quito is ...

      • with the sauce. It doesn´t seem to make sense to Ecuadorian chefs that sauce must have spice to be a proper ingredient for a pizza. Instead of the normal sweet tomato sauce normally found in Ecuador, Ananke´s chef have developed a perfect blend of spices that make Ananke´s pizza worth discovering.

        Although one can dine inside, there is a covered terrace that makes dining outside a pleasure. Seats are cushioned and tables are set a part so private conversations are possible. The space is out of the way of pedestrian traffic and genuinely prompts relaxation.

        A different side of Ananke appears once night arrives. The restaurant hosts a wide variety of bands, djs, and entertainment during the weekends and select weekdays. This also is a refreshing addition to the tourist district. Normally those seeking

        entertainment are limited to clubs and discos blasting reggeeton and a strange mix of classic rock and disco. Ananke stays away from this trend and caters to local Ecuadorian bands. Bands playing anything form hip hop to death metal can be found playing to the crowd’s enjoyment while the beats from the nearby clubs echo in the background.

        Ananke is relatively new to the tourist district and hasn´t received a lot of attention in an area that clubs and restaurants open and close monthly. But since it´s opening it has been slowly drawing curious eyes and has consistently proved itself to be a place worth visiting. I find it the one spot that a tourist can go to get a taste of great food and a slice of the local Ecuadorian music scene.

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