Sometimes social media feels kind of silly. Right now your Facebook feed is probably filled with people dumping buckets of ice over their heads. It can be hard to cut through the noise of cat videos, depressing news stories and the endless pictures of other people's children. But, sometimes social media is an amazing thing. A few years ago through social media I met a wonderful group of people who live (mostly) in Rome. We get together in person when we can for gin cocktails in pretty places and talk regularly on Twitter and Instagram.
One of these social media pals has just embarked on an exciting adventure. English Kate and her Roman husband Angelo have just opened a restaurant called Pepper. On a sultry August evening, just days before Ferragosta we headed toward Pigneto to give it a try.
Next to ancient Aqueducts and just past the Porta Maggiore, Pepper is all clean lines and very good lighting. The wine list is of mostly Lazio small producers. We let Angelo decide and he sent out a crisp, cold white from Cincinnato along with baskets of warm from the oven homemade bread.
We ordered plates of local cured meats and cheeses that came with an array of dark honey, caramelized onions and a blood orange reduction that was a bright counterpoint to a young pecorino. I ordered another appetizer that lived up to it's Instagramed expectations. A freselle is topped with whipped ricotta, slices of cherry tomatoes and topped with salted anchovies. The pasta dishes are similar twists on Roman classics. My lamb ragu with fresh mint was like the italian version of a proper English roast and a tribute to Angelo and Kate's two food cultures.
For desert we got one of everything passing plates of tiramisu, a chocolate ricotta confection and refreshing peaches and wine.
I am looking forward to many many more meals at Pepper and working my way through the secondi offerings when the weather cools down a bit.
Pepper is open through the month of August.
Via Nuoro 17
+39 06 6485 1294