It looks unassuming from the outside but this cozy place has a mean menu of Italian and Roman classics.
When the Burlamacco people took over Pepenero, we knew it would be something good. The space is simple and understated—no starched tablecloths or overstuffed armchairs here—the mostly-classic-dishes kind of place a corporate executive may have a nice lunch at, but the food is warm and well executed. Try the cod fillet with rosemary potatoes and saffron sauce and the papardelle with pork sausage ragout, porcini and truffle paste.
Italian joints are a dime a dozen in this city, so it takes something really special to get our attention. With two Italian chefs in the kitchen led by Chef Daniele Singleton, they're pushing out great Italian (and quintessentially Roman) fare like lobster pastas and a beautiful, but hard to execute, marinara soup teeming with seafood. The CBD establishment isn’t a fancy joint--although you will find the requisite white table linens--but it’s got just the right combination; a setting that’s smart enough for a business meeting yet atmospheric and unfussy enough for that all-important third dinner date, great soulful Italian fare and outstanding service. These folks will do just about anything to make your dining experience a truly extraordinary one.
Eat this at PepeNero: Eggplant parmigiana. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2012).