Actor Robert De Niro is on vacation in Peru and has already stopped by one of Lima’s most decorated restaurants. The two-time Academy Award-winner stopped by Central restaurant in the capital on Friday and took a picture with chef couple Virgilio Martinez and Pía León.
De Niro is now expected to be traveling through Cusco and eventually to Machu Picchu after arriving via private plane to Lima on Friday.
During his dinner at Central, he tried the 16-course tasting menu that is Martínez’s take on a geographic tour through the biodiversity of Peru.
“We tried to treat him like he was just any other client,” Martínez told Peru’s Spanish-speaking daily newspaper El Comercio.
This is De Niro’s first visit to the Andean nation. He also stopped by Isolina, another of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, on his gastronomic tour of Lima.
The Hollywood star won the Best Actor award for “Raging Bull” at the 1981 Academy Awards and previously had won the Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather Part II.” He has also received praise for his roles in “Taxi Driver,” “Once Upon a time in America,” “The Untouchables,” and “Casino,” among other films.