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Pèpe International, Inc.
PO BOX 901
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

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Pèpe International, Inc.
Corner of Dolores St. & 7th St.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
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Ciao Amici (hello friends), With summer upon us and everyone driving around in their convertibles with the tops down, it is not surprising that I received a question about Italian Sports Cars, and the lack of them, in recent years. If cruising fashionably around and driving fast is your thing, just remember Enzo Ferrari’s famous saying, “What’s behind you doesn’t matter”. Pedalo a Metalo (pedal to the metal), FIAT: Fix It Again, Tony QUESTION: Dear Mr. Italy, Whatever happened to all the Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars that were running around in the USA in the old days?  In Italy, they pack so much style into

Ciao Amici (hello friends), It is said that “all roads lead to Rome”…but before you go, you better make a stop at Ask Mr. Italy. Italians know how to live “la dolce vita” (the sweet life) and it is my goal to help you make the most out of your Italian journey.  Here on my website you will find helpful tips on all you travel needs, plus find useful information on the culture, cuisine, art, and lifestyle of Italy and the Italian people. Alla salute, Question: If I only can get away for four or five days to Italy and this will be my

The Jackie O. Legend has it that Jackie O. ordered Penne alla Vodka whenever she visited Italian restaurants in America and in Europe, helping make it all the rage in fashion-conscious circles by the mid 70’s. Pepe’s version is to poach large prawns in the heated vodka sauce, then serve over penne and garnish with crispy chopped pancetta and peas creating his famous "JFK".   Pepe's Hobo Stew The delicious stew packed with various items is sure to surprise and excite anyone. Learn how to cook this old-fashioned dish just right, with an extra pinch of Italian flair.   The Truth behind Spaghetti and Meatballs Q. Could

by Andrea Stuart Seated in a high chair with marinara smudges settled into the creases of his youthful smile, a young Christian Pèpe was introduced to the family business, Pèpe International, when he was a sprout. As he grew, he could be found in the back of the family bakery dusted in flour, awaiting his turn at the counter. When that time finally came, the 11-year-old could barely peer over the counter as he assisted customers. Son of Rich Pèpe, proprietor of Pèpe International, Christian has cleaned the proverbial powder from his face and is preparing to take the reins

Review By Ulia Zettie Rich Pèpe gives Carmel more bustle, housemade breads and Italian flavor with new Vesuvio. On Fire: The incendiary theme at Vesuvio carries from the name to the rooftop firepits (above) to the fire-roasted artichokes and pizzas (inset) to the bar/ lounge’s flammable feature. Vesuvio, named after Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, erupted three months ago in the old Piatti Ristorante space at Junipero and Sixth in Carmel. As the volcano responsible for burying the town of Pompeii and a symbol of

Every year Concours Week on the Monterey Peninsula just gets bigger and better. And to celebrate, we’re offering this Prix Fixe menu Friday-Sunday at Vesuvio on the Concorso weekend.   Prix-fixe menu $45.00 ANTIPASTI chef pèpe’s assortment of appetizers served family-style arancini di riso prosciutto & melone garlic-tomato bruschetta PRIMI roasted red pepper soup white bean & vegetable soup charred beef filet mignon carpaccio parmesan polenta & braised lamb “tamale” spicy house-made spicy sausage, peppers “agrodolce” mozzarella alla “burrata”, heirloom tomatoes insalata insalata “riccardo” heirloom iceberg wedge, tomato, pancetta, blue cheese “amalfitano” romaine, prawns, avocado, gorgonzola & caesar insalata “di gorgonzola” mixed greens, gorgonzola, tomato, candied walnuts   SECONDI

  Hosted by Italian Winemaker Piero Antinori Menu created by visiting Antinori Chef Kim Wiss and Pèppoli Chef de Cuisine Angela Tamura Marchese Piero Antinori Please join us and savor the cuisine and wines of Antinori as chefs Angela Tamura of Pèppoli and Kim Wiss from Antinori's "Antica" Napa Valley estate, each prepare two original four-course prix-fixe dinners for you to choose from. Each dish will be paired with an Antinori wine (priced separately).  Piero Antinori will be in the dining room all evening to meet you and share his passion for all things “Italian.”  Our wine servers will be on hand to help you in selecting

Carmel will never be the same. The new Vesuvio restaurant is located on the corner of 6th & Junipero in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Last year when Pèpe heard that Piatti was considering closing its restaurant and the building was for sale, he jumped at the chance to own this landmark building in Carmel. Pèpe chose the name "Vesuvio", because it is the symbol of power and strength of Southern Italy. It is the volcano (Mt. Vesuvius) which overlooks the bay of Naples and erupted in 79AD burying Pompeii. Naples (Napoli) was the ancient port for Rome during the Roman Empire, and this region was