"It's a variety of thyme that grows wild in Tuscany," says Patrizio Siddu, when asked why he named his Manhattan restaurant, Pepolino. "I had been dreaming of opening my own restaurant since I was fifteen and first feel in love with cooking, and I wanted the name of my restaurant to reflect my cooking style. I use a lot of herbs in my dishes - usually just one herb in any one dish, to highlight other flavors - and pepolino is my favorite herb." In August 1999, Patrizio and Enzo opened the doors of Pepolino, and thrilled guests with elegant Tuscan cuisine. Signature dishes run the gamut from fettuccine with clams, cannellini, and rosemary to a sumptuous pear-ricotta tart, and Patrizio is always on hand to convert anyone to the benefits of wild thyme.