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Vraag een Italiaan in Nederland waar je hier lekker Italiaans kunt eten en het zou goed kunnen dat het antwoord niet zo eenvoudig over de lippen komt. Italianen zijn immers gepassioneerd over eten en nemen niet gauw genoegen met half werk. Zo ook Marco Spina, dat samen met compagnon Daniele Lauritano de leiding heeft over Risto Enoteca Pepenero. Met een grotendeels Italiaanse garde koken ze niet ‘authentiek’, maar gewoon ECHT Italiaans. Geen wonder dat Marco en Daniele door de jaren heen behoorlijk wat gasten van stand hebben ontvangen: Mick Jagger, Marco Borsato en zo’n beetje de gehele Ajax-selectie gingen je voor.


Het team werkt volgens 3 basiswaarden: Professionaliteit, Italiaanse passie en Kwalitatieve Italiaanse producten. Probeer zo veel mogelijk van die verschillende producten te proberen - Antipasto misto alla PepeNero is dus sowieso een goed idee. Of laat je door Daniele verrassen met de beste Italiaanse kwaliteit die ze je te bieden hebben.

Restaurant menu

Average price €42 Special request

Chef Daniele Lauritano recommends…

Melanzane alle Parmigiana

Aubergines uit de oven met tomatensaus, mozzarella en parmezaanse kaas / Eggplant in the oven with a tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Saûte di vongole e cozze con crostone all'aglio

Vongole en mosselen gebakken in witte wijn en olijfolie met een knoflook crouton / Clams and mussels baked in white wine and olive oil with garlic croutons

Bocconcini di bufala e prosciutto di Parma al forno

Kleine “kersversie” van de bufala mozzarella met Parmaham in de oven / Bocconcini di bufala e prosciutto di Parma cooked in the oven

Ratings & Reviews

based on 834 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a reservation on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.6/10
Service :9.6/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Raphael D.
    Raphael D.
    • 3 reviews

    After living in Amsterdam for less than a year, I have finally found THE best Italian restaurant in town! Really cozy atmosphere with dimmed lights, in a beautiful area. Amazing service, staff is really good, multilingual and friendly, they cook some of the dishes in front of you (including spaghetti flambe in a large wheel of parmesan with Brandy Vecchia Romagna), the selection of wine is absolutely fine with wines ranging 20 to 60 Eur. Definitely a place I will visit many times from now! I recommend without any doubt!

  2. Emily L.
    Emily L.
    • one review

    We have been to many Italien restaurants, but this one is one of the most impressive one. Not only because the meal types and delicious taste, but also the table side cooking! ( the waiting time between salad and main dish is a little too long....)

  3. Natsiri C.
    Natsiri C.
    • one review

    Very good food and good service. Will definitely come back again next time. Restaurant atmosphere is very nice and cozy. The owner and staffs are very friendly.

  4. Paolo V.
    Paolo V.
    • 6 reviews

    Excellent food, cosy relaxed nice setting, super kind staff. We loved it!

  5. Estelle A.
    Estelle A.
    • one review

    My favorite italian restaurant in town. Welcoming and service are really good. The food is amazing and I like the atmosphere. You need to book in advance to get a spot it's always full.

  6. Kate H.
    Kate H.
    • one review

    Absolutely outstanding again. I could eat everything off the menu for the rest of my life. Superb service, especially from the tall, smiley, Sicilian with the glasses!

  7. Nancy D.
    Nancy D.
    • one review

    The restaurant put together a delicious chef's menu for us including a sampling of the appetizers that was outstanding.

  8. Alena D.
    Alena D.
    • one review

    Had an amazing birthday dinner at PepeNero! Great atmosphere, amazing food and very friendly service. Definitely wasn't our last time. Thank you so much!

  9. Dirk W.
    Dirk W.
    • 6 reviews

    PepeNero is the ultimate Italian restaurant in the Netherlands. Great ambiance and a classic menu. If you’re a millennial hipster looking for novelty this restaurant might not be perfect for you, but everybody that truly loves Italian cuisine owes it to themselves to pay them a visit.

  10. Guillaume m.
    Guillaume m.
    • 2 reviews

    Best Italian restaurant in Amsterdam

  11. Laura b.
    Laura b.
    • 22 reviews

    Gorgeous food, amazing service. Strongly suggested

  12. Jean-Marie H.
    Jean-Marie H.
    • one review


  13. Johanneke v.
    Johanneke v.
    • one review

    Was top!

  14. Khalid A.
    Khalid A.
    • one review

    Great staff and amazing risotto collection

  15. Simon B.
    Simon B.
    • one review

    The food was excellent. Between 4 of us we had a mix of most of the antipasti for starters and they were very good quality - the ingredients were superb, so he overall effect was great. For mains we covered pesce, carne and pasta and all were superb, often with a slight twist in what was expected (the pesto, for example, was less punchy than usual, more subtle and more enjoyable for that). The service was a bit slow - it took about 40 minutes from ordering to receiving the first course - but that did not detract from the meal. A lovely meal, great quality and well cooked. I hope to come back some day.

  16. Pieter F.
    Pieter F.
    • 21 reviews

    Excellent food and service. It is essential to make a reservation before.

  17. Vlada S.
    Vlada S.
    • 8 reviews

    Cozy restaurant with beautiful interior and warm lighting. Food was great.

  18. Freek B.
    Freek B.
    • 2 reviews

    As always amazing food, very good service and beautiful pairing wine. We’ve had the mixed anti pasti which was great, then the owner came to me to tell me he had lamb rack fresh delivers apart from the menu and that was amazing. Pasta vongole was amazing as well as my Italian friend told me. Thumbs up!

  19. Francisco P.
    Francisco P.
    • 43 reviews

    Excellent meal with very nice service

  20. Yomi T.
    Yomi T.
    • 2 reviews

    Really delicious food. Best Italian restaurant in Amsterdam. We went to Italy in the summer and the food in Risto Enoteca PepeNero is even better. The staff is really friendly, we only come twice a year (because we have to save money as students to go out for dinner) and they still remember us. They even gave us advice to reheat the food (I can never finish my plate but still order too much because everything is good). I would recommend the Antipasto misto alla PepeNero (per 2 personen) as appetizer because you can taste all the appetizers at once and then you will know how good they are. Plus the flambé spaghetti is amazing to eat and watch. All the desserts are good, but the Sgroppino is the best we ever had. So if you like Sgroppino then order here.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Eerste Oosterparkstraat 3, 1091, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Public transport

Tram 3, 7 en 10

Directions to get there

Betaald parkeren in de straat

About the restaurant

Italian traditions

In the Netherlands we love the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean. The welcoming culture and the sensational flavors of the Italian cuisine are one of the biggest favorites. Risto Enoteca Pepenero in Amsterdam has a great name despite of tough competition. Led by host Marco Spina and Chef Daniele Laurintano they know exactly how to present the culinary treasures of Italy. Their secret? Authentic family recipes and hard work.


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