Although only being recently packaged and sold, the history of Pisqueya is a rich one dating back to 1986. The first batches of our hot sauce were born in the heart of Brooklyn, from a recipe passed-down through a family of Dominican cooks.
My parents came to New York from the Dominican Republic and worked tirelessly to open Puerto Viejo, a restaurant where Brooklynites could enjoy the flavors of Dominican cuisine. After 22 years of serving delicious, authentic food to Prospect Heights, we lost our beloved restaurant in a fire. The fire ended up being an opportunity – a chance for growth, a chance to bring something even better to the loyal community that supported our commitment to creating and sharing real foods and flavors. The fire also reconnected me with my first-generation roots and early love of kitchen experimentation after years in the corporate world. It was after taking a sabbatical to DR and opening up a health foods store there, that I decided to put my education and business acumen to work in order to push further with what Puerto Viejo could do with its flavors.
It was evident to me that the loyalty of the customers who returned to Puerto Viejo after being closed, and expressing to us how much they missed our food, meant there was a demand for our unique recipes. A year and a half after the fire, along with a newly renovated Puerto Viejo, Pisqueya emerged from the ashes to bring back the Island flavors customers had missed.
Amazed and humbled by the support of the community who didn’t forget us, I made it my mission to share Pisqueya outside of its home. Now, three decades after the restaurant first opened, I am bottling and selling the flavorful sauces. My goal is to share the world of Latin and Caribbean flavors through high-quality, natural and clean sauces that aren’t packed with preservatives and MSG.
I personally oversee the creation of my handcrafted sauces, using only fresh and high quality ingredients, influenced by the natural way my ancestors cooked. I source my peppers directly from farms in the Dominican Republic. For me, this is more than a business venture; it is a cultural contribution to the place that has fed my soul.
We invite you to try a bottle and connect with our family, our culture and our neighborhood!