LUCA & PEPI
Natives of Italy’s Abruzzo region, partners Pepi Di Giacomo and Luca Di Pietro founded the first Tarallucci e Vino café a decade ago, frustrated by the lack of well-prepared espresso in Manhattan.
Passionate about authentic Italian food and wine, and building on their professional backgrounds in the hospitality, coffee and wine industries, Di Giacomo and Di Pietro have created three unique locations and a catering division, all staying true to their love for Italian cuisine, coffee, and culture and their need to share their passion with their customers.
Andrew Welch became Executive Chef of Tarallucci e Vino in 2013. His menus are reflective of his Italian cooking philosophy and passion for local ingredients, featuring daily specials inspired by trips to the Greenmarket and his uncle’s organic farm in New Jersey.
Prior to leading our kitchen, Andrew served as Executive Sous Chef of the Jumeirah Essex House. Before that, he worked at Esca, under Chef David Pasternack, who cultivated Andrew’s appreciation for the incredible diversity of the ocean and deeply influenced his seasonal cooking style.