Peppino is a new Italian restaurant located in Itaewon just across from The Wolfhound Pub, having had various bad experience with Italian food in Korea, it’s one of those cuisines that I just usually avoid, unless I’m eating at Il Gattino of course where I know the food is as authentic as it comes.
So when I was invited to Peppino by the owners to come and try the food I was skeptical to say the least, but a girl’s gotta eat so I took my best two chingus along with me to give it a go.
The menu was presented and we had a good browse, it’s quite large with a couple of starters, and a dozen or so pizza and pasta dishes. They also have a couple of desserts to round things off. After reading the menu my expectations were raised somewhat when the manager told me that the Korean chef had trained in Italy for 2 years and that they made many of the ingredients themselves.
To start we took the manager Marc’s recommendation and ordered the Peppino Caprese (18,000). An anti pasto style platter with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato, pesto and arugula. Caprese is always one of my favourites and this one didn’t disappoint. The buffalo mozzarella was just so creamy, I got very excited about the prospect of being able to buy some myself but they told me it was imported along with the prosciutto which was also excellent.
The pasta menu had a good range of dishes on it from classics to more adventurous offerings. The boys were paticularly intrested in trying the shrimp bisque but I pulled rank and ordered the Tagliatelli Ragu (14,000) as if you can’t get the basics right then there isn’t much point trying anything else. The ragu was a mix of pork and beef and very tasty. The pasta was cooked al dente which I consider a must. We all gobbled it up pretty fast and if I was in the mood for pasta I would definitely order it again.
We were were pretty hungry so ordered a pizza too. Again the manager recommended the Peppino Pizza (18,000), which is their specialty. It’s topped with home made spicy Jeju pork sausage, onion, pepper, basil, and mozzarella. This pizza was incredible, hands down the best pizza in Seoul that I have tried. The crust is thick, chewy, and golden brown. The home-made sausage was really great, spicy, and full of flavour. I’d have a couple of those for breakfast any day of the week. A proper tomato sauce and topped with cheese. It was faultless, pizza fans really need to go and try it ASAP, especially on Wednesdays when they are 50% off.
To finish we were given a Raspberry Panna Cotta each (5,000). Rich and velvety creamy goodness the panna cotta was spot on. The raspberry topping was sweet and tasty all at the same time and the perfect balance to the creamy dessert.
If I had one gripe about the place it would be the beer, they have a couple on craft beers on draft which was fine but we thought we would just have an OB. At 4,000 each we were expecting a pint but instead were given tiny little 250ml mugs, which none of us were too impressed with. They really need to put it up to the full pint. Other than that the meal was fantastic and exceeded all expectation, I’ll definitely be back for more pizza in the very near future, probably this Wednesday!
Peppino is located at 130-5 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line6) and come out exit 4. Immediately do a u-turn and go around the corner. Take a right after the IBK and Cheung Kee. Peppino is just a little bit down that road, opposite The Wolfhound. For more information feel free to call 02 797 8869, or check out their facebook page.