The setting within is modern yet an unusual choice of olive green walls gives it a slightly electic finish, but comtemporised by large black and whites. High ceilings provide an airy feel although the place feels that much more spartan because there is so much room overhead and there is little between the tables and the wood lined ceiling.
Service is professionally friendly and servers are more than able to make recomendations, which is perfect since there aren't asterisks on the menu to indicate what's good. It's not a huge menu but there is something for everyone. The map in the menu showcasing dishes off the menu as specialties from different regions in Italy was a nice touch.
|Bread Basket with Olive and Sundried Tomato Tapanades|
|Roast Octopus with mashed potatoes, olives and tomatoes|
|Linguini with clams, sea urchin and Bottarga|
|Milk-fed lamb chops Milanese style|
After a great meal, dessert wasn't as much of a wow. It wasn't bad at all but it paled slightly in comparison to the rest of the meal. Perhaps we should have ordered something else. This version of tiramisu was the dense kind that I like, but had way too much cocoa powder and got in the way of inhaling/exhaling at the table, resulting in a cocoa dusted tablecloth. Oh well.
Surprisingly good experience overall. As an aside, we thought we'd figure it out, but I suppose we have to go back and ask the chef why his place is named after black pepper. It certainly wasn't because the food needed a little pick-me-up as we went along.
14 Stanley Street