NYC is a magical place to roam and discover exceptional restaurants to experience some of the most exquisite, and satisfying dishes available. Great food finds are one of the real reasons I love living in NYC.
Tribeca is not a neighborhood I frequent but luckily last week I found myself there and how lucky am I because I found a restaurant gem. I have to say, it’s the best Italian restaurant I’ve encountered in NYC. And this isn’t just any Italian restaurant. Pepolino specializes in Tuscan cuisine and it will mark it’s 19th anniversary in 2018. Full disclosure, I’m friendly with one of the owner’s partners. What makes this article a bit embarrassing though is I waited months to venture out and experience this authentic and cozy restaurant during an impromptu meeting with my friend.
Chef and co-owner Enzo Pezone is no stranger to good food. His heritage speaks volumes in the presentation, the decor, the service, and the decadent wine list which I find to be one of the best in the city.
Enzo was born in Naples, Italy. At age 15 he picked up and moved to Florence, where he started training in the culinary arts. After a five- year education he was hired by Fabio Picchi and Benedetta Vitali of Cibreo restaurant in Florence, where he continued learning under their tutelage for 13 years. There, he also met Pepolino co-owner Patrizio Siddu.
The experience helped shape his pursuit of opening a restaurant of his own. In 1994, the dream carried him across the Atlantic Ocean to America. Enzo worked at various establishments for five years, learning about the American restaurant business, before opening Pepolino.
Florentine-born chef and co-owner Patrizio Siddu graduated from culinary school and then got his hands-on start in the food business cooking for famous Italian restaurants like Cibreo, one of Florence’s most renowned restaurants, under the legendary chef and proprietor Fabio Picchi, and the Michelin one-star Cantina Barbagianni.
In 1995, Patrizio hopped on a plane and made New York City his new home. After two and a half years behind the stoves at Manhattan’s Savore and a brief stint at Pier 59 Studios at the Chelsea Piers, Patrizio was ready to turn his dream into a reality and open Pepolino Restaurant.
These two have created a fantastic restaurant in Pepolino. During my visit to my dining experience was heavenly. Chez Enzo allowed me to taste a variety of dishes. He passionately described each dish as they were being presented. Each plate that hit the table was like experiencing porn, food porn that is, satisfying to the last drop. Yeah, I agree; that sounds naughty, but Chef Enzo is laying it down in the kitchen.
One of the dishes Enzo presented me with was polpo e pomodori arrostiti (warm seared octopus with slow oven roasted tomato in garlic and oil). And although I admit it was scary to dip into a sea of the unknown with octopus, after my first bite, I wanted more, more, and more.
Taken from Pepolino’s website, “‘Pepolino is a variety of thyme that grows wild in Tuscany,’ said Patrizio Siddu and Enzo Pezone, when asked why they named their Manhattan restaurant, Pepolino. ‘We wanted the name of our restaurant to reflect our cooking style. We use a lot of herbs in our dishes, and pepolino is our favorite one.'”
In August 1999, Patrizio Siddu and Enzo Pezone opened the doors of Pepolino, and thrilled guests with elegant Tuscan cuisine. Signature dishes run the gamut from tagliata di manzo, cannellini, and rosemary, to a sumptuous pear-ricotta tart.
Although I am friendly with the owner’s partner, it’s crucial to maintain integrity when writing, so when I say, if you’re looking for great food and great service, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Pepolino’s in Tribeca.
Plus, if you’ve never experienced a food orgasm, you have to make your reservation today. I experienced the longest and best food orgasm from the first bite to the last. I am thankful for the invitation. I sampled a lot, and I have only EXCELLENT things to say about everything I tasted and experienced. You won’t be disappointed. Tell them Kinkster MAG sent you.
Thanks to Chef Enzo for the most exceptional dining experience I’ve experienced in a very long time.
281 West Broadway (btwn. Canal & Lispenard)
New York, NY 10013
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Monday to Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am
Sunday 12pm – 11pm
For reservations call 212.966.9983