Dining in Italy: Pepe Nero

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Pepe Nero had attracted my attention as one of 24 restaurants in all of Italy that had been awarded “best value for money” in the 2021 edition of the Gambero Rosso Ristoranti d’Italia guide. And as the only one of those 24 that fit more or less into our itinerary and offered a degustation menu with wine pairing. Pepe Nero is the restaurant of chef Mirko Giannoni in the town of Prato near Firenze (Florence) in Toscana (Tuscany). Prato is known as the hometown of cantuccini, also known as biscotti di Prato. It is listed in the Michelin guide, but has not been awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant is located just outside of the historic center of Prato, so there is little chance you will ‘stumble upon it’.

Next to à la carte there are degustation menus of five courses for 67 euros (with wine pairing for 30…

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