Italian food is characterized by its minimalist use of ingredients, its centuries-old family recipes, and in the case of Pompeii, its complete inability to warn diners of impending volcanic eruptions. Experience culinary history with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Peppe's Apt. 2 in Kirkwood.
Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Peppe's Apt. 2 offers a menu indulging pasta partisans with classic Italian eats including decadent ravioli dishes, succulent cuts of veal, and freshly prepped seafood platters. Diners can dive fork first into the spicy tides of linguine alla puttanesca, where black olives and capers bob atop piquant currents of zesty tomato sauce ($14+). Carbo-load for exhausting crab walks home with a noodle-filled harvest of fettuccine alfredo ($14+), or snag a costola di vitello and spear juicy veal festooned in a dulcet chianti reduction ($28+). Alternatively, aquatic appetites are free to net such piscatorial feasts as the salmone all griglia ($18+) and gamberi picanti, which sidles shrimp next to red pepper, lush tomatoes, and nose-tickling wafts of garlic ($18).
Peppe's Apt. 2 shrouds guests inside a whitewashed dining area that includes ivory-toned pillars, glossy white plant holders, and crisp tablecloths made from spotless Twister mats. Crystal chandeliers sway rhythmically from above, splashing the sleek interior with a casual iridescence through a medley of light-deflecting prisms.
Peppe's Apt. 2
Peppe Profeta began cooking before he was old enough to grow a beard or tall enough to sneak into rated-R movies. At the ripe old age of 10, in his native Italy, he learned his family’s treasured recipes and techniques at his grandfather’s side. Then Peppe traveled to America and spent his teenage years honing his skills at Gian-Peppe's on the Hill before willing into existence his own Peppe's Apt. 2. Today, he labors in the kitchen to create Italian and Mediterranean pastas, beef carpaccio, and tender pork chops as guests lounge amid the exquisite beauty of the dining area—a historical Victorian house. There, elegant white-cushioned chairs cradle diners beneath twinkling crystal chandeliers as they dig into pasta primavera or rack of lamb. Outside on the patio, a canopy of umbrellas and magenta flowers shields diners from the sun, and a wall of meticulously maintained shrubbery blocks passersby from attempting to start a staring contest.
800 S Geyer Rd.
Kirkwood, Missouri 63122