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Pepe Viola

200 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.684859 -73.991772
at Baltic Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-222-8279 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Bergen St.

Prices

$7-$17

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Hamilton Ave. to Montague St., Columbia St. to Fourth Ave.

Profile

This venue is closed.

Despite a prime location on the chic Smith Street restaurant strip, this pleasant, unpretentious Italian spot is rarely crowded. Still, it's a notch above the dwindling number of old-school, red-sauce joints in the area. A corner spot and wraparound folding windows make for good people watching in warm weather. The mellow interior is warm and understated, with brick walls, red tiled floors, and lots of dark wood. Simple, competent appetizers and salads offer few surprises; reliable bruschetta and antipasto, tricolore and Caprese salads satisfy but rarely delight. Shrimp salad, of mixed greens and ripe, sliced avocado topped with lightly grilled shrimp, is a welcome exception. Pasta dishes start with fresh pasta and finish with better-than-average sauces. The rigatoni melanzane is suitably al dente, the eggplant perfectly tender, and the pomodoro sauce just right—not too sweet, not too thick. Any of the sauces—vodka, puttanesca, carbonara, pesto, or Bolognese—match well with the homemade gnocchi. Meat dishes include several chicken options, a fish of the day, and grilled hanger steak in Chianti sauce. Chicken cacciatore, cooked in the traditional clay pot, is nicely smoky and tart, and is topped with two triangles of crunchy polenta.

Extra

A prix-fixe menu, available from 5pm to 7:30pm, includes salad or soup, daily-special entrée, and coffee.

Recommended Dishes

Gamberetti, $7.95; chicken cacciatore, $14.95

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