The CBD Restaurant transforms its former synagogue into an Italian ski resort, with snow showers, winter cocktails, a personalized sleigh, and hearty food.
Last summer, Pepe’s Italian & Liquor transformed its 600-square-meter outdoor courtyard into a bustling Italian plaza, complete with a spritz station, pétanque court and Boca Gelato cart. So it makes sense to give the moody Italian-American restaurant a makeover for the winter too.
Inspired by the Italian Alps of the Dolomites and the northeastern province of South Tyrol, Pepe’s transforms into a winter ski chalet for the season, right down to snow showers, warm toddlers, alpine flags and warming pasta.
Outside, a snow machine will recreate the winter wonders of Europe. Take a seat in a custom sled and imagine you’re spotting reindeer (or just pose for a cute shot).
Then head to the ski chalet, decked out in wooden skis and other chalet-inspired decorations. Warm up with wintery cocktails like an Alpine Spritz with elderflower; a rye and bourbon number called Remember the Dolomites; and Heaven’s Glitter, which features lemon myrtle vodka and a sherbet edge.
Hearty new dishes from the South Tyrol region join Pepe’s spicy rigatoni with vodka and veal parmigiana. There are the spaztle tirolesi (handmade spinach pasta with rabbit stew); casunsei all’ampezzana (half-moon pasta stuffed with beetroot and ricotta); a new pizza with wild boar sausage; and smoked eel crostini.
And the Alpine theme doesn’t stop in the dining room, it continues in the bathrooms as well. Hear the hills come alive with The sound of music loop soundtrack.