Come experience one of the best Italian restaurants in the Houston area.

Reviewed as a premier Italian restaurant in the Houston, Texas downtown district,

Pepino’s offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, fine Wines and marvelous Italian dishes.

Our service is superb and the extraordinary dishes are prepared fresh for your

dining pleasure by Chef Pepino himself. You will experience Italian dining at it’s best.


Each dish is cooked to perfection and will dazzle the palate! Our menu is full of unique Italian entree’s, desserts and exceptional specialty dishes that delight one and all.

Pepino’s Italian Restaurant is located in the heart of Houston on Richmond Ave. near Shepherd, just minutes from Downtown, the Galleria and West University.

We also offer a large selection of fine red and white wines to accentuate your meal.

Pepino’s is proud to offer a full menu including original Italian entrees, classic pasta dishes, delicious salads and gourmet desserts. Each is prepared fresh when you order.

Come enjoy some of the best Italian dining in the Houston area.



Commercial roofing – types

What you need to know about commercial roofing?

Simply saying commercial roofing is a group of materials used to cover and protect business, industrial and of course commercial buildings. Unlike residential building which have a more slopped roofs, commercial buildings need a different type of roofing style since they are mainly flat. So for commercial buildings contractors are using materials that are more durable, water resistant but also easy to repair and maintain.

Most commercial roofs are constructed using a technique that implies placing large sheets of material on rooftops and sealing them with strong adhesive to prevent leakage and to remove any unnecessary water from the roof. Therefore, roofing materials used for commercial roofing can be grouped in a couple of categories.


Thermoplastic roofing materials imply using plastic materials and PVC to produce plate that are then installed on buildings and afterwards fused together to create a single, smooth and even surface. They are quite resistant to any kind of weather conditions, chemical reactions and sun exposure. By using hot air welding, seams are created which provides even more strength and durability, eliminating all water coming through the roof.

Synthetic rubber roofing materials use a material called EPDM, like material mentioned earlier EPDM roofing is also made into sheets and placed on flat roofs and bounded to the roof with adhesive and tape. Contractors love EPDM since it can be easily installed and maintained with no problem. It possess high fire and cold resistance and provides protection from UV rays.

Unlike synthetic and thermoplastic roofing which are single ply roofing materials, bitumen based roofing materials are multi ply. So basically several layers are placed on your roof and then bounded with bitumen. Afterwards the surface is covered in granules material such as gravel to provide maximum energy efficiency. Types of bituminous roofing generally include modified bitumen and BUR (or built-up roof). Both are great at protecting the rooftop from collisions, ensuring no damage is done to it, which is extremely important in the case of commercial and industrial buildings.


And unlike cold and artificial roofing materials there is one more for the end – green roofs. They are becoming more and more popular choice for commercial roofing.  Basically, green roofs are first covered with a layer of waterproofing material. Then soil and plants are added, which provide extra insulation and, consequently, reduce energy costs. Green roofs are also an excellent alternative for those who wish to contribute to stopping climate changes – absorbing heat from the air, they reduce the so-called ‘heat island effect’ in urban areas.




Why Houston?

If you are living in country side Texas, and if you are looking to move to a big city with your family, you might consider moving to Houston, since it offers great possibilities to you and your family. Houston offers a quieter, more family-orientated city, with loads of opportunities for young families.

Your children’s education should be on your list of top priorities when choosing where to move with your family. If you live in Houston, there is a big chance you will find a good school for your kids. Houston also houses four major public universities, as well as several private ones. These schools train young professionals in various branches of science, industry, and humanities, making them an excellent competition on the working market.


Houston is also an important regional center for higher education. Currently, there are 4 universities operating in the city: the University of Houston, the University of Houston–Clear Lake, the University of Houston–Downtown, and the Texas Southern University.
The Texas Medical Center is a large hospital complex containing four medical schools, the largest cancer hospital and the largest children’s hospital in the world. Cancer patients all over the country are being treated here and it has been proclaimed the best cancer hospital in the US.
The city of Houston, Texas is the most diverse city in the United States today, which means it also hosts some major festivals and celebration events throughout the year. The many museums are the pinnacle of Houston’s cultural life, while music halls offer a variety of genres to listen to – from opera and ballet to rock and hip-hop.


With its nickname “The Space City“, the city of Houston, Texas is home to many factories, schools, hospitals, cultural facilities, and not only that: the people of Houston make it a very special place to live. It is estimated that it is the most diverse city in the United States, with over 90 languages being spoken in the area. It is the largest city in the state of Texas and in the Southern United States.
Houston was founded in 1836 and was named after Sam Houston, the president of the former Republic of Texas. Throughout its history, it has become home to many important institutions, probably the most famous being Johnson’s Space Center and its Mission Control Center. We all remember that 1995 movie with its quote “Houston, we have a problem” that depicts the 1970 mission to the Moon.

Roof repair Houston

Roof problems at Pepino’s

Chef Pepino and owner of Pepino’s is a longtime pro, during his career as a chef he was faced with all sorts of problems, but problems that mainly were related to his line of work. And he managed to successfully deal with them over the years. But few months ago, Pepino’s Italian Restaurant was faced with a problem like never before. One day we have noticed a strange smell coming from the kitchen, since we deal with fresh fruit, vegetables and other ingredients we thought that some of it went bad. After a more thorough inspection we have managed to locate the source of the smell, at first we couldn’t believe. The leak itself wasn’t big in size nor was it interfering with our work but simply we couldn’t allow ourselves to have a leaky ceiling under our heads. We feel the responsibility towards our loyal customers, staff at Pepino’s and strict health regulations.

After closing the restaurant for the day, we all sat down and decided to deal with this new situation, the next day we have started researching the Internet and yellow pages looking effortlessly for a local roofing contractor here in Houston who is skilled and professional enough to deal with our roof leak. To be honest we never dealt with anything like it before, and we thought it would be easy to find a contractor for our problem. Over the next few days we have contacted countless roofing companies in Houston, who all on paper offer fair estimate and great service until the moment they arrive at your property. Maybe, it isn’t nice to say that but it felt like they’ve smelled blood, since with a leaky roof we are violating health regulations. We were almost ready to cave in and hire one of them but then one of our longtime customers suggested Anchor Roofing, Inc. like many times before in that week we were skeptical but still we’ve decided to give them a call. After talking to Victor, CEO of Anchor, we scheduled an inspection. Victor gave us a free roof estimate, something only a few before did. After the inspection, he gave us a relative fair estimate, which made us wonder if we are dreaming. Guys at Anchor surprised us with their progressive mentality, I guess if we go out of business, they would do too at some point.

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Anchor Roofing Inc. is a residential and commercial roofing company in Houston, TX, and the area surrounding it. They are offering roofing services to all home and business owners. If your roofing system requires inspection, repairs, maintenance, complete replacement or installation from ground up, they are your go-to roofing contractor in Houston TX. With almost 20 years of experience in the business, they can offer you incomparable service when it comes to roofing. All those years of being in the business and expertise have helped them approach particular problems in a certain way and to understand client’s wishes. They treat all of our clients the same, whether you are a house owner or a prominent business owner. They treat you like friends and family, they communicate with you, they ask questions, and they answer questions. They understand the importance of open communication because that is the way to avoid misunderstandings that can lead to problems and additional expenses for everyone. They care for their clients, and they won’t overcharge you for things you desperately need or sell you service you don’t need. If your roofing system is damaged, they will repair it the best way they can and know, if your roof needs replacement, you can select many options concerning the roofing materials. They can give you advice which roofing material will be best suited for your needs, your budget and architectural style of your property and that’s what makes them one of the best Houston, Texas roofing contractors.

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After arriving on the scene, they’ve located the source of the leak on the rooftop. They’ve replaced the broken part of the roof, sealed everything together. They have even replaced the water stained ceiling tiles. Now we have brand new ceiling in our kitchen.

Since we are located in a commercial building, after the project was done Victor asked me if I could share a few most common commercial roofing materials being used out there today.

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EPDM Roofing

It offers you extra durability and versatility, it is one of the longest lasting commercial roofing types available on the market today. They are easy to install, maintain and repair if it comes to that, than any other commercial roofing system.

Thermoplastic Roofing

Or TPO roofing system is one of the most popular commercial roofing material out there, and lifespan of this roofing type is around 20 years or more in some cases.

Solar Panels

Not literally a roofing material but rather an upgrade for your roof, today many building owners have turned their commercial roofs into a place where they place their solar panel systems. They are a great choice for conserving energy and controlling energy bills. It could be a great investment in a long run since after some time you will be able to produce your own electricity and even heat your own water supply.

Green Roofing

Another unordinary roofing material which can reduce the urban heat, and dramatically upgrade your roofing insulation. They are a great choice for homeowners that want pick an eco-friendly roofing but also want to reduce their energy bills on heating and cooling during the seasons. And if you are a restaurant like us you can use green roofing to grow food on it. How great is that.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

They are among the most durable and maintenance free among any metal roofing material and can last up to 30 years. They provide additional energy reduction benefits, and can be installed without any real trouble even over the existing roofing material.

In conclusion we have to say are gratitude towards Anchor Roofing, we are extremely satisfied and with the end result, and now Pepino’s can once again only deal with food problems.


Italian community in Houston and Texas

Italians in Texas

Most Italians coming to Texas in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early years of nineteenth centuries were mainly adventurers, explorers or missionaries. However in the 1880 and all the way to the 1920, Texas saw an increase of Italians immigrants mainly because of poor social and economic conditions that existed back in their native land. At the end of 1870, there were only 186 Italians residents living in Texas, but by the 1920s there was more than 8000 Italians in Texas.

Their primary goal was to provide a higher standard of living for themselves and their families. Sicilians mostly settled in the lower Brazos valley and on the Galveston County mainland, while Piedmontese built homes in Montague County. While Venetians, Modenese and Piedmonetese worked in rich coal mines at Thurber. Lombards were working on railway construction on either New York, Texas or Mexican Railway, the so called Macaroni Line between Victoria and Rosenberg. Over the years Italian settlements developed in Houston, Galvestone and San Antonio. Few early brave souls set the path while rest of them followed in their footsteps. In later years Italian Texans learned to grow cotton and corn on Texas soil, to speak the English language and to adapt to their new environment. Italian Texans acquired land, established business and started moving around looking for better opportunities. A majority of the earliest migrants were males between the age of fourteen and forty four, after first settling along the river in Brazos valley the Sicilians started moving towards the surrounding communities. Most of the Italians living in Thurber and Victoria County returned to their native land or moved to other places in America when they longer weren’t needed to mine coal or build railroads.

The main pillars of support in Texas were the immigrant church, the Italian language press and the fraternal organization. Parks, airports, streets, and communities bear the names of prominent Italian immigrants, among them Bruni Park in Laredo, named for Antonio Mateo Bruni; Varisco Airport in Bryan, named for Biagio Varisco; Liggio Street in Dickinson and Laneri Street in Dallas; and Varisco and Bruni, Texas. In 1980, 189,799 residents of Texas claimed Italian descent.