Discover Benelux | Restaurant of the Month | Amsterdam East
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Join the family for an evening of Italian delight TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTO: RISTO ENOTECA PEPENERO
It all started 15 years ago, when chef Daniele Lauritano and restaurant host Marco Spina met. The two Italians have kept in touch ever since, through to last year when they joined forces and started Enoteca PepeNero. The unassuming restaurant in Amsterdam East serves some of the capital’s most delicious Italian dishes, combined with an unrivalled service from Spina. Risto Enoteca PepeNero opened its doors in October 2016 and it was instantly clear that the passionate chef and the welcoming host formed the perfect duo to add a gastronomic highlight to Amsterdam. “Almost every evening we are fully booked,” says Spina proudly. By now, local guests as well as national and international celebrities make their way to PepeNero on a daily basis. Spina reveals that part of their success lies in the Italian
approach to the service: “At PepeNero, we take the passion from the kitchen to the tables, explain dishes and chat to people. We treat every guest like a VIP, like family, so everyone feels at home.” Their most best-loved dishes include the Antipasto Misto, a large platter of meat, fish and vegetable dishes to share, and the Spaghetti al Parmigiano which is cooked flambé in a wheel of parmesan cheese at the table. “And, of course, the Sgroppino al limone, a lemon sorbet with vodka and prosecco, which is also one of the favourites,” adds Spina.
The PepeNero team with owners Marco Spina (holding the case of tomatoes) and Daniele Lauritano (with the lobsters).
Risto Enoteca PepeNero is open Monday to Saturday and can be found on the Eerste Oosterparkstraat. www.restaurantpepenero.nl
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