Floor-to-ceiling murals of swaying palms and sandy beaches make you think Brighton Beach has its first Jamaican joint, while the name evokes those Peruvian places with somersaulting chickens in the window. Unexpectedly, the food at Chio Pio comes from Uzbekistan. The Central Asian republic, with its glittering and minareted trading centers of Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, is the Times Square of the Silk Road. But while most local Uzbeki places offer a Bukharan or Samarkander take on the chow, Chio Pio has a Tashkent bent. "It's the most beautiful city in the world," blurted out our friendly hostess soon... More >>>
By photo: Jonas Bendiksen
Chio Pio serves up hearty Uzbeki fare from the Times Square of the Silk Road.