Carmel restauranteur Rich Pepe is doing something cool with his high school buddy Joe Pantoliano of Matrix and Sopranos fame. As Pepe writes in an e-mail, they've been teaming up for a while. "Joey, known as Joey Pants and an Emmy Award winning actor, was my original partner in my food ventures over 20 years ago," Pepe says. "But even back in our youth, whether it was delivering newspapers or bussing tables in the high school cafeteria, we like to say we've been in business since the 60s." Now they're starting a new venture, a response to all the requests Pepe has gotten
New Péppoli Restaurant Extends a Warm Welcome Italy’s rich tradition, culture and cuisine join in a welcoming embrace at Péppoli at Pebble Beach, the newest restaurant at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Authentic Tuscan-style dishes pair with a wine-centered, casual atmosphere to create memorable dining. Opened in January, Péppoli is named for a wine estate of Piero Antinori, called “the most important winemaker in Italy” by Wine Spectato, June 1999. Recreating the ambiance of a Tuscan villa, the dining room has a grilling villa with a raised fireplace and open spit for roasting nightly specials, two large rustic tables that seat
Fresh-pressed premium olive oil, flown in from Tuscany, inspires a special menu at Péppoli. Following the December olive harvest, the first cold pressing of hand picked, destined and skinned ripe fruit from each estate yields the finest-flavored and most expensive oil. Afiorata, made from the cream that rises to the top of that press, is bottled separately and treated with the respect accorded fine wines. Three styles of afiorata, one from an Antinori estate and two others recommended by the Antinoris, infused the specially prepared menu and are available for tasting and discussion. PÈPPOLI AT PEBBLE BEACH & the Antinori Family are proud to
It may come as a shock, but the Monterey County map is littered with fine dining establishments. It won’t build muscle tone or slim your waistline, but here’s a fun exercise for anyone who lovesto eat, and eat well: try counting the number of restaurants that you would go eagerly visit within our fair county. Go ahead. Then prepare yourself for a surprise. Some guidelines: Start by region – Monterey proper, Seaside, Salinas, Marina, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley and so on. Confine your imaginary visit to dinner only. (Breakfast and lunch can be separate pursuits.) And be discriminating –
Pepe found a place that was in juxtaposition to where he was raised – from the hard knocks ‘whatcha gotta be’ of Hoboken to a new relaxed lifestyle. Rich Pepe was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, a stone’s throw away from Frank Sinatra, who was a family friend. Like most Italian immigrant families, the Pepe home revolved around the kitchen – a pot of fresh sauce boiling on the stove at all times, sometimes crab fetched from the Hudson River. It was there, in his grandparents’ kitchen, alright with the smell of basil and oregano, that a young, scrappy, street
Get your $25 Gift card for Pepe's Little Napoli in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.! Growing up in Hoboken, we called it gravy. Today our kids call it sauce. What do you call it? We want to hear your funny or interesting story! In the comment field below, just tell us any story about your childhood that includes pasta sauce or "gravy", make sure you include your email address, and you'll get a $25 gift card. It's that simple.
One part Hollywood. Two parts Hoboken. A couple of lifelong pals from the neighborhood serve up all the ingredients of a Hollywood Blockbuster Story. Recently, TASTE MAGAZINE sat down with the effervescent Pantoliano and Pèpe and talked about Joey’s career, the pasta sauces, and the charity they’ve set up to benefit those who suffer from the mental illness – a cause close to Joe and Peps heart.
A&P and Pepsi present Joey Pants with a $60,000 check for NKM2 charity. Reprinted from the Jersey Journal, by Katie Colaneri At 59, Joe Pantoliano has acted in over 120 films, is the author of a best-selling autobiography and even has his own line of pasta sauce. But growing up in the projects of 1950s Hoboken, they called him "Joey Pants." "The ol' Mustache Petes, they used to say 'Hey, Pantalone!' which means 'pants' in Italian and then (with) the kids, the Americanized version was 'Pants,'" the actor said this afternoon the stoop of his Hoboken apartment on Willow Avenue. As a young child, life