Pepenero

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From 150 EGP
Pepenero
Italian Restaurant
History
Architecture
Salad Bar
Kids Room
Outdoors

Nestled on the first floor of one of Korba’s architecturally stunning buildings is the latest Italian sensation to hit the city, Pepenero; a place that is meant to encompass the authenticity of Italy in the heart of Cairo. The décor is a comfortable amalgam of upscale industrial, a touch of rustic, and streamlined modernity. Naked pipes snake up the walls and light bulbs encased in cheese grates hang from crates on the ceiling; thick twines of knotted rope are looped through wooden shelves and sleek black and white photos are scattered in artsy arrangements.
“People who come to Pepenero come to have a real Italian food experience in a restaurant,” head chef Carlo Giovanni Iannotti tell us as we take a seat in the sprawling terrace. “The concept is fresh food cooked in the moment - if you order lasagna I make the lasagna the minute you make the order; I don’t just have a portion in the freezer that I heat up.” The native of Southern Italy conceptualised the spot as a place where Italian authenticity could be recreated, everything from the vibe to the culinary integrity, insisting on using solely the freshest ingredients; a lot of which are procured directly form Italy – “for the pizza we use 100% buffalo mozzarella, for truffle oil we buy the entire truffle and take it from there,” – to making sure the traditional method of creating the dishes was the only way they were made. “Italian food is very simple, but you need a very high quality of the raw products. If they aren’t fresh the final result wont be good,” the chef explains. “[Founder] Mohamed Hanafi truly gave me the opportunity to make real Italian food in Cairo – not what foreigners think it is!”

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Contact

Pepenero
18 Baghdad St. Korba
Cairo
Egypt
11575
Egypt
00201010101342
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