SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Take-out foods like pizza and Chinese food just got some competition thanks to two Scarsdale mothers who launched a virtual empanada restaurant that takes orders online and delivers them for free.
Carolina Manero and Mariana Ramos opened Las Pibas at the beginning of 2013 with the idea of bringing the meal they grew up eating in Argentina to their new community in Westchester.
“It’s a new concept, 'the virtual restaurant,' that is working for us since we have children and didn’t want to commit to a restaurant setting yet,” Manero told The Scarsdale Daily Voice.
Both Manero and Ramos grew up in Buenos Aires. They met at their children’s elementary school. One day, Ramos' husband noticed Manero’s Argentinian accent and struck up a conversation. Manero, who moved to the U.S. 20 years ago while working for an advertising agency, offered to show them around Scarsdale.
During Superstorm Sandy, Manero lost power for two weeks, and spent some time at Ramos' house. They got to talking about owning a small business and, although Manero was reluctant at first because she was working as a freelance graphic designer, they had a logo and website designed by the next day. The site went live Jan. 1.
The empanada is popular in Argentina because it is a fast but healthy meal for weekends, dinner parties and get togethers, according to the Las Pibas website. They can be eaten hot or at room temperature and can be filled with steak, chicken, fish and vegetables, like spinach or corn.
Las Pibas delivers to Scarsdale, White Plains, Hartsdale, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and Bronxville.