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Beppe, Gramercy’s authentic Tuscan restaurant

July 25, 2009

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: Marc Taxiera- Taxiera helms the kitchen at this authentic Tuscan restaurant as well as at The Russian Tea Room. Raised in an Italian household, where nightly dinners consisted of homemade specialties such as gnocchi and spaghetti with meat sauce, he learned early on to appreciate fresh ingredients and dishes that highlight the natural vibrancy of clean flavors. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, he joined the team at Felidia, before moving on to Baldoria and then onto Beppe under the tutelage of Cesare Casella.

DESIGN & CONCEPT: Tucked away between historic Gramercy Park and the Flatiron Building, Beppe is a charming space modeled after a Tuscan farmhouse, featuring a terracotta tiled roof, antique barn-wood flooring and a roaring fireplace in the winter. The bi-level space features an upstairs private dining room that seats 30.

MENU: Taxiera’s authentic Tuscan cuisine has a refined modern edge. Produce is sourced from the nearby Greenmarket, and the restaurant offers regular dining specials.

SIGNATURE SUMMER DISHES:

Cappasante, Pan seared sea scallop crusted in Sicilian pistachios with a strawberry and shaved fennel salad in a pink peppercorn and strawberry vinaigrette

Papa al Giallo, Yellow tomato and basil soup thickened with bread, served at room temperature

Pinci, Whole wheat pasta with sea bass, cherry tomatoes, garlic, manila clams and citrus zest

Gnocchi, Ricotta gnocchi with zucchini blossoms, baby corn and summer black truffles

Halibut, with a carrot saffron and lobster emulsion served with a warm lentil salad

Agnello, spiced lamb rack with cherry braised lamb agnolotti, tomato eggplant timballo drizzled with a cherry lamb reduction

BEER/WINE/COCKTAILS: Beppe boasts a 100% Tuscan wine list, a selection of homemade grappas, infused homemade grappas and grappa cocktails, as well as a $5 cocktail list and a signature seasonal cocktail list.

PRICE POINT: Moderate

HOURS: Lunch- Monday through Friday, 12PM – 2:30PM

Dinner- Monday through Saturday, 5:30PM – 11:30PM

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By Nancy Walman

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Beppe, Gramercy’s authentic Tuscan restaurant boasting executive chef Marc Taxiera, is pleased to announce their new summer menu, pasted below and attached. Taxiera presents a more modern approach to combining quality ingredients with traditional recipes while still upholding the same concepts that are the backbone of Beppe- utilizing the Union Square Greenmarket every morning, staying to to traditional Tuscan cuisine, and implementing recipes passed down through generations.

Highlights of the new menu include an Estate Insalate, featuring Organic Greens with Grilled Peaches and Jicama tossed in Apricot dressing and crumbled Gorgonzola; Spada Carpaccio, cured, smoked Swordfish with Wild Arugula tossed in Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; whole wheat Pinci pasta with Sea Bass, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Manila Clams and Citrus Zest; Agnello, spiced Lamb Rack with Cherry Braised Lamb Agnolotti, Tomato Eggplant Timbalo drizzled with a Cherry Lamb reduction; Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini Blossoms, Baby Corn and Summer Truffles; and Papa al Giallo, Yellow Tomato and Basil Soup thickened with bread, served room temperature.
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As always, Beppe features produce sourced daily from local purveyors and pastas that are handmade daily. Recipes are available upon request and Chef Taxiera, who has been featured in numerous local NY and national print, radio and television outlets, is available for interview. Beppe is also proud to support their patrons with a series of summer specials, including:
50% Off All Wine Bottles Every Monday (any bottle in the house)
$24.95 Three Course Prix-Fixe Lunch
$39.95 Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner
Homemade Infused Grappas
$5 Cocktails, all day, every day

Beppe is located at 45 East 22nd Street, and you can visit them on the web at www.beppenyc.com and rates A Major on The Walman Report

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