Saltimbocca Specialist Antica Pesa Headed to Brooklyn, Recruits Richard Gere for Promo Vid

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Gere knows best.
Gere knows best.

In addition to the Motorino team, reps from the Rome-transplant Antica Pesa will appear at Wednesday’s CB1 Brooklyn meeting seeking a full liquor license in the enormous old Planet Thailand space. The original Antica Pesa, which opened in Rome in 1922, has a reputation for serving saltimbocca to celebrities and the local power elite. It’s the kind of place where Russell Crowe hangs in the kitchen for an impromptu jam-along to Sean Kingston’s "Beautiful Girls," John Travolta badgers the chef for his cacio e pepe secrets, and cranky Javier Bardem will not pass the salt to Penélope Cruz. So, lots of celebs. Accordingly, the restaurant’s owners recruited Richard Gere for a quiet, dimly lit and poorly subtitled video that they hope will help spread the word of the new Brooklyn location.

Gere knows best.
Gere knows best.

Antica Pesa opens next month.

Richard Gere at Antica Pesa [YouTube]
Antica Pesa [Official Site]