May 05, 2016
It is my policy to never go to a restaurant the first week they open, for I want a restaurant to work out the kinks before my visit. The kitchen team needs time to gel and find their pace. However, I was invited to The Sacred Pepper opening night, and it was terrific.
Since I was a guest, I did not over order – my mom raised me right (well, I think so) by following the ordering patterns of my host. If they order chicken, order something comparably priced. That said, I walked out of the Sacred Pepper FAT & HAPPY…and was very impressed with both their food and service.
The Debartolo family owes this restaurant and have many family recipes. I especially liked the marinara sauce with is a not so secret recipe – it is boldly lit-up for all to see right next to the bar. The baked lobster and crab rotolo is a must. The meatballs are made with ricotta, veal and pork and are quite tasty. Veal Chop Milanese is a fine dish. The olive tapenade served with their bread might be the best tapenade I’ve ever sunk my teeth into…bar none. The olives were so fresh.
I will be back next week for sure. Can’t wait.
The Sacred Pepper
15405 North Dale Mabry Hwy