Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 7:50 AM Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 8:33 AM HOBOKEN - Two native sons of the Mile Square City will be honored next month at the 13th Annual Hoboken Boys & Girls Club fundraiser. Childhood friends who grew up in Hoboken - Joe Pantoliano, an Emmy-award winning actor, and Rich Pepe, a chef and restaurateur on the West Coast - will be awarded Keys to the City by Mayor Dawn Zimmer for their respective families' contributions to the city for three generations. The duo, known as "Pepe
More from The-World-Is-Rich-Pepe's-Restaurant-and-We're-Just-Dining-In-It file: The man behind Little Napoli, Peppoli at Pebble Beach and much more has another gangbuster Italian concept already in place for the Piatti space at Sixth and Junipero: Vesuvio. The plan is to take the so-called "Mediterranean diet" to Mount Vesuvious-type heights. Think mouthwatering Italian olive oils, grains, beans, and fresh fish, with all the Southern Italy wines. "I'm so excited about the opportunity to showcase my Southern Italian family and also revitalize that part of Carmel with some new energy, " Pepe says. Vesuvio erupts in spring 2011. By Mark C. Anderson Reprinted from Monterey County Weekly, Nov 11-17,
Ciao Amici (hello friends), I'm honored to announce that on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Joey and I have been invited to cook dinner in New Jersey for the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club for their annual fundraising party "An Evening with Two Guys from Hoboken”. While that's exciting on its own, we've just learned the Mayor of Hoboken will be presenting us with the Keys to the City! As you may know, our families emigrated from Italy through Ellis Island over a hundred years ago, settling in Hoboken, New Jersey. It was there that Joey and I
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Ciao Amici (hello friends), A few years ago I was invited to become a partner with a group of close friends in one of Monterey County's premiere wineries, Ventana Vineyards. It's been great to be involved in this venture, and I'm proud to be hosting Ventana Vineyards at Little Napoli for the 14th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend Winemakers' Dinner. Please plan to join us and savor the wines of Ventana Vineyards, and enjoy the Italian cuisine and ambiance at Little Napoli Bistro Italiano in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November