Asada, Latin American Fusion Cuisine
Gina Petti and Roberto Cortez infused their passion for food and culture into a deliciously thriving restaurant right here in the Upstate.
“It started almost as an accident.”
Roberto reveals, “We always love to cook for friends and family."
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The couple started out catering various events in an old pickup truck while preparing meals in a tent. People repeatedly began to ask where their restaurant was. “We realized we were on to something. The next step was Lola which was a total success. It was the first food truck in Greenville.” From there Asada was born.
Roberto, Nicaraguan, has a degree in Industrial Design and Fine Arts. Gina, half Japanese and Italian, holds a Clinical Psychology degree. Prior to Greenville, their love affair with food started when they met in San Francisco. Combining their different backgrounds and talents makes them the quintessential modern day power couple. Asada style.
One of their more popular tacos, the Japanese style Karaage taco, is also the most mispronounced. Gina said laughing, “People say the garage taco, the kangaroo taco. It’s a hard word to say.” Don’t worry OTGG fam, we got you: KAH-rah-AH-ge.
Huge shout out to Gina’s right-hand lady, Laura Carrillo for tending to their pepper garden every year. “Out of this garden, we have habaneros, jalapeño, and anaheim peppers for the whole season.” That explains why their salsas are so remarkable.
Keep an eye out for their ever-changing specials. Gina elaborates, “If we get bored then we know our customers will get bored. Our goal is to introduce our combined cultures to the community. We like to experiment."
Writer: Tinesha Peterson