Adriana Lopez moved to the Mission District from Venezuela nine years ago. In 2010, she opened Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, a Venezuelan arepas restaurant at Valencia and 15th streets.

Lopez told Mission Local about the history of arepas, the South American version of tortillas or pupusas. Last week Pica Pica opened a second restaurant in the Castro and unveiled a new menu.

This video is part of an ongoing series by Mission Local videographer Claudia Escobar profiling Mission District business owners who came here from other countries.

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  1. Tasty food. Their menu changed later last year by offering more plates and a few more side dishes, however, I didn’t appreciate how Pica discontinued their ‘loyal customer card’ program for frequent eaters. Price increases and eliminating rewards for loyal customers left me with a bad taste.

  2. It’s very tasty, but the portions for the price are a tad on the small side. Still, great story and wonderful to see someone who brought her dream to the neighborhood.

    1. I always think that the portions are small, but I always leave very full! I think it’s dense food.