Canggio Restaurant -
Modern Peruvian Cuisine
Peruvian cuisine, considered among the best in the world, inherited its innovation, mix, and flavors from Peru’s history. Its culinary fusion developed over a long process of cultural exchange between the Spanish, Africans, Chinese, Japanese, and Italians, among others. The dishes became more and more varied as races mixed and migrants landed at the port of Callao.
Our latest menu pays tribute to the diverse cultures in modern-day Peru. We chose to focus on the Japanese heritage in Peru and created a unique dining experience that is a fusion of Peruvian & Japanese cuisine. The culinary vision behind our new menu was a true collaboration of like-mindedness created by the friendship & the extensive experience of our own Chef Julio Cancho & Sous Chef Morgana Vesey.
The Nikkei Experience
Is a 10-course dining adventure featuring small plates of Peruvian-Japanese fusion. Reservations are required.
Julio Cancho - HEAD CHEF/ OWNER
Born and raised in Lima, Peru; Chef Cancho started working in kitchens doing prep work after school. From a young age; he was determined to become either a United States Marine or a Chef. After he moved to Connecticut he began working in entry-level kitchen positions and worked his way up by studying alongside culinary experts.
He became an apprentice chef and honed his culinary skills. Through the apprenticeship and his own studies, he finally made his way to Chef status at J Restaurant & Bar.
Today his passion is to use his extensive culinary background to present delicious Peruvian cuisine to his guests at Canggio Restaurant.
Jose Cancho - RESTAURANT OWNER
A native of Peru, Jose started out with a degree in Computer Programming. Upon relocating to Connecticut he adopted the entrepreneurial spirit and began his photo and videography business. With that success, he is realizing his dream of opening a restaurant, "it's a bigger challenge", but he is ready to see it through to the end and create another success story.
Cesar Viggio - RESTAURANT OWNER
A career Marine and owner of two small shops in Lima, Cesar brings strategy, discipline, and solid ownership skills to the Canggio team. Making Canggio Restaurant a hit is his top priority and he welcomes people to sample the fine foods of his country. As an amateur mixologist, he has provided the recipes for our best pisco cocktails. Buen provecho!
From left to right: Olivia Jackson; Manager, Jose Cancho; part-owner, Morgana Vesey; Sous Chef, Andy Safranski; Cook, Julio Cancho; Head-Chef & part-owner.
Morgana Vesey - Sous Chef
Morgana began her culinary journey 6 years ago. She found she had a true love for cooking & has pushed herself to learn and grow within the industry.
In 2018 Morgana started working for Canggio Restaurant as our Sous Chef. Since then she has been influential in creating two of our most recent menus.
She loves the creative aspects of cooking and has wanted to open her own restaurant since the time she began working in one.
In 2019 Morgana had an opportunity to open 86'd Bar with her business partners; Julio & Jose Cancho.
Currently, Morgana remains our Sous Chef while also running 86'd Bar.
Andy Safranski - Chef de Partie
Andy came to us in 2019 with 11 years of experience cooking primarily bar food.
Andy's large Italian family helped shape him & his love for cooking. So, when he came to us in 2019 he was eager to expand into Peruvian Cusine and has remained eager to learn alongside Julio & Morgana.
"Being here has taught me how to really care about how a dish looks & make a perfect presentation. I look forward to staying & growing with the Canggio Family." Andy-
Olivia Jackson - Manager
Oliva started working for us in 2017; only 5 months after we opened. She started here in a part-time position bussing tables while she attended high school at Norwich Free Academy
In 2019 Olivia began working for us as a full-time server. Shortly after we recognized we had an exceptional server and promoted her to our Front of House Manager & Bartender.
"I have always loved working here. I care so much about Canggio Restaurant and creating an experience for our guests that keeps them coming back for years to come" Olivia-