Korean fried chicken and empanadas hit Lawrenceville

Claudia Moyano is steering a menu with several types of empanadas, Korean fried chicken and bao at Ki Pollo, now open at 4407 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

The new fast-casual spot is a follow-up to Ki Ramen next door, and a partnership with Domenic Branduzzi of Piccolo Forno and Ms. Moyano’s husband, Roger Li of Umami. 

Ms. Moyano — originally from Argentina — learned to make empanadas from her family. Mr. Branduzzi said people have liked them so much that they wanted to find a place to sell them.

When the space that had been Restaurant Hana became available during the build-out for Ki Ramen, the trio fine-tuned their ideas to create Ki Pollo, with a menu that combines the international street food hits.

Korean fried chicken comes in two, four, and six-piece combinations — available with a variety of sauces —  as well as sandwiches and combo meals from $6-$17. Empanadas range from $3 for meat-filled pockets and $2.75 for vegetarian ones. Bao comes with fried chicken and are available for $2 a la carte. 

Sibling restaurant Ki Ramen opened on Butler Street in August. 


We are officially open!!!

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 Melissa McCart: mmccart@post-gazette.com; Instagram @postgazettefood; Facebook @postgazettefood


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