Fast-Casual and Portuguese Chicken Joint Piri Pica Coming to Valencia


Uma Casa’s “frango churrasco” (brined and grilled chicken brushed with spicy piri piri sauce). Instagram photo via @uma_casa.

Anyone who has enjoyed the piri piri chicken at ~UMA CASA~ in Noe Valley can see how this is an awesome idea: chef-owner Telmo Faria is partnering with Khalid Mushasha (Lolinda, Black Cat) on ~PIRI PICA~, a fast-casual spot focused on flame-grilled piri piri chicken.

It’s feisty chicken, with chile and garlic and citrus and herbs, that has its roots in Africa (supposedly Portuguese settlers brought the chile peppers to then-colonies Angola and Mozambique, where the sauce originates). You’ll be able to get it by the quarter, half, or whole bird, and you can also designate how spicy you want it. There will also be pork loin and shrimp, vegetarian options, Mediterranean-influenced side dishes, and spicy and garlic-herb sauces. Local beers and a Portuguese-influenced wine list will also be on offer. They’re opening in the former Frjtz Valencia Space—Craige Walters will be designing the 60-seat space (there will also be outdoor seating). Look for a springtime opening. 590 Valencia St. at 17th St.