da Pepo La Cucina del Nonno - Southern Italian Comfort Food | The Orrico Family

da Pepo is named for Pasquale Orrico, called Pepo for short. He came from humble beginnings, leaving Southern Italy in 1951 searching for a better life, raising a family in Brazil, and eventually settling in New Jersey. He was a hard-working man who sacrificed tirelessly to ensure his family was given every opportunity to succeed. He also happens to be my father.

Across three continents, one thing remained constant for my parents: food. Sundays were (and still are) spent with family, where the smell of fresh sauce simmering in the kitchen serves as a constant reminder of where we come from, and what is really important in our lives.

At da Pepo, we serve Southern Italian comfort food made with the freshest ingredients using my family’s traditional methods. I strive to recreate the warmth and comfort of my parent’s home on Sundays so I can share it with you.


Family, Tradition, And Lots of Pasta

Da Pepo Southern Italian Food: Mozzarella in Carozza and Spaghettoni Carbonara
  • Small Plates
  • Salads
  • Panini
  • Pasta
  • Kids

Open Tuesday – Saturday 12 PM – 3:30 PM, 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

54 Fairfield St
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: (973) 655-8825


We take reservations for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Please call us at (973) 655-8825 to reserve your table.

At lunchtime, walk-ins are welcome. We look forward to serving you!