The best (and maybe only?) vegan pasta place in the east is now offering its menu to take away. See the menu and order here.
Grace Watson and Joe Pagliaro opened Peppe’s in early 2019. Like their other venues – Verd, Coffee Bondi Beach and upscale Waterloo eatery Paperbark – Peppe’s is all vegan. But there isn’t a single dish where a person might lament the absence of meat or dairy.
Take the gnocchi bianchi: if you didn’t know it was vegan, you’d think it had butter in it. It’s made using a rich, creamy porcini and cauliflower sauce. It’s one of the many standouts on the succinct menu, which is posted on a small chalkboard every day. Other highlights might include a green pesto gnocchi and a spaghetti with chilli and pangrattato (fried breadcrumbs).
Sides include a couple of salads, heirloom tomatoes and vegetables (such as squash, chilli and garlic), and antipasti featuring arancini and a very tasty rendition of garlic bread. Here it’s made on a slice of Iggy’s and topped with fennel, garlic and olive oil. Bliss.
Drinks are equally well chosen. There’s spritz, Negroni and Old Fashioned, all for $15, and around eight bottles of minimal intervention wine.