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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge, Traverse City, MI

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
4.8
1651 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Savor a taste of Italy at PepeNero, a chef owned restaurant with a classy, upscale and stylish atmosphere featuring seasonal changing menus using ingredients at their best, sourced from local farms or Italian artisan producers. Our menus are a combination of simple modern Italian and traditional regional recipes. Enjoy elegantly prepared dishes served with impeccable service.

Currently online reservations are available for 4 guests and under. If you would like to make a large reservation (max 8 guests per party) please contact the restaurant directly.

RESTAURANT WEEK 2023 - starting Tue Feb 27th until Sat. March 11th. 3 Course Diner menu for $45 (please note regular diner menu will not be offered during this time)

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Sicilian, Lounge
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (231) 929-1960
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Giorgio Lo Greco
  • Private party facilities
    Located off the main dining room, PepeNero offers private dining great for private dinners, lunches and corporate meetings. The room accommodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. Cooking classes or demonstrations may be added onto any event.
  • Neighborhood
    Traverse City
  • Cross street
    inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,651 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,651 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and beverages. Highly recommend.

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  2. LenMiller

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We has an awesome time as always. Jenn at the bar is amazing as well. Always one of our favorite places to go.

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  3. ReneeM

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this experience was perfection. From the ambience to the meal, it was the best of the best. Excellent service, great wine, and highly recommend the Tortelloni with shaved truffle. If you are looking for a beautiful place to have a memorable evening, PepeNero is it.

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  4. Supermommyx8

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pepe Nero never disappoints! The food quality is top notch - easy to see and taste the love that goes into making authentic dishes! Great service and atmosphere as well!

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  5. KellyN

    Grand Rapids

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, cocktails, and service. Wine list is lovely and bottles are surprisingly affordable. Our server was Shane and he was great, as were the other team members who assisted (Melissa, Brad, and another young man). The chef stopped by our table shortly after we were seated to make sure we were enjoying our water 😂😂. We will definitely be back the next time we’re in TC!

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  6. PamM

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere with good food to accompany! The seasonal butternut squash soup and roasted romaine started our meals. Had the pappardelle with the ragu for entree’s , excellent! Will return for sure.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This an awesome restaurant!! We love it every time we go!!! Food is wonderful and the service is outstanding!

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  8. RickK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! Kathleen and her way staff were very attentive and made us feel at home! Great experience!

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  9. JoAnnaP

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite Ristorante EVER!!! Every course was superb.

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  10. jimandbarb

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service we got from Sarah was over the top outstanding. We challenged her to pair wine with our meal and she did an excellent job. We only gave ambiance a slightly lower rating due to having to leave the restaurant to use the bathroom. And as far as the lower rating for value, the meal was exceptional and the price reflected that without a doubt. If someone wants a discounted meal then maybe PepeNero isn’t for them. I would and have recommended PepeNero many times. Thank you for helping to make our 34th anniversary a special occasion.

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  11. Tyler

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited PepeNaro's about a year ago when we got engaged last year and plan to come back every time we are in town because of how wonderful our experiences have been!

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  12. SuzanneC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks and service are all amazing here!

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  13. HeidiT

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best place to eat! You can’t go wrong!! We never miss eating here when we come to TC!

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  14. ChuckM

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Not worth the price. Food was average. Paid over $200; I’ve had better food for way less money.

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  15. StephanieC

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's been a while since we enjoyed a meal so much. Each dish had clarity and depth!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite spot here in Traverse City. We ask for Noah every time we come here. As always, it was spectacular.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as usual. The filleto was cooked perfectly.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We just love it here. Will continue to return time and time again. The closest we will get to Italy here in Northern Michigan!

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  19. RebeccaW

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pepe Nero’s atmosphere is comforting and classy. The starters were delicious but the entrees were absolutely incredible. We were both very happy with our experience!

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  20. AllisonI

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Elegant but casual which can be hard to pull off. Fine dining without being stuffy. The service and food were impeccable. I really appreciated our servers suggestions

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  21. John

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have eaten at PepeNero many time and it is consistently delicious. Best restaurant in Traverse City.

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  22. LindaDG

    Northern MI

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is wonderful and we have always had a fantastic meal there. It’s our special restaurant we go to every year that we visit the Traverse City area.

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  23. KimO

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was fantastic. We had bread, calamari, butternut squash soup, 2 pasta dishes and the chocolate dessert. Would definitely order these choices again, especially the chocolate dessert. Our waitress was very attentive and patient with our questions and poor pronunciations. We will go back.

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  24. JimH

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and the food was over-the-top excellent.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely Delicious!!! My best friend and I go every year and just gets yummier and yummier!! Mushroom ravioli pasta was to die for!!

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  26. JenniferC

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here for our anniversary. The ambiance was great and the food even better. We would definitely return for another special occasion.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks! The service was excellent!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and customer service our waitress was really friendly and knowledgeable

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  29. WendyH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we’re in Traverse City, we make sure to get a reservation for PepeNero! Our dining experience is delightful every single time.

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  30. CAGfoodie

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end, our meal was delicious. The restaurant was beautiful and made for a perfect Anniversary date night. Our server was knowledgeable and was just the right amount of attentiveness without being overbearing. Will definitely return the next time visiting Traverse City.

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  31. Cycling

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great suggestions by the waitress. Looking forward to my 3rd trip to Sicily in a couple weeks. Ciao

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  32. ParkerH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was honestly a perfect honeymoon dinner. Kyle our server was amazing. Then food was Devine. And the atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice and vibrant while feeling cozy. 10/10 would recommend.

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  33. DebraH

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time but it won't be the last! Beautifully appointed, perfect lighting and tables had good separation. The wait staff was exceptional; great with describing menu items for the perfect meal. Not only was everything prepared to perfection, it was beautifully plated. I would recommend dessert, all in house creations; pretty and decadent. All staff were warm and welcoming. This is a Traverse City Gem!

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  34. Boo77

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brad our server was the best. He provided a perfect wine suggestion which enhanced both the food and wine. Every dish is really an experience! I find that I eat extremely slow enjoying all the flavors and nuances chef Giorgio Lo Greco puts into his culinary masterpieces. Been coming to PePeNero for years! Do yourself a favor and ask Brad to be your server and let him guide you through a beautiful Italian culinary experience. Cheers!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary

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  36. JoeA

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible focaccia, calamari….tortellini stuffed with mushrooms in a cream sauce and seafood pasta with an incredibly light yet rich taste….will visit again for sure!

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  37. TomH

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    what an amazing surprise! PepeNero holds up against ANY italian restaurant…these Chicagoans were blown away - definitely worth going out of your way to get to Travers City and PepeNero!

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  38. Nathan

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty and every employee was friendly. Would go back for sure.

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  39. DjW20

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service from all staff who come near or to your table. Fantastic food and very pretty. This was our second time and it was nearly as perfect. The only complaint was this time we were seated at a table near the bar and door. It was quite noisy and made talking strained. Next time I'll insist on the tables more toward the back.

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  40. MarkJ

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply wonderful, everything we had was creatively delicious. Bring your appetite - we had mussels, Caesar, pasta, steak, bran imo and two desserts along with expert cocktails and nice wines by the glass. All exceptional!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 929-1960.

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 1651 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

700 Cottageview Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons
  • Neighborhood
    Traverse City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Sicilian, Lounge
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Giorgio Lo Greco
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (231) 929-1960
  • Private party facilities
    Located off the main dining room, PepeNero offers private dining great for private dinners, lunches and corporate meetings. The room accommodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. Cooking classes or demonstrations may be added onto any event.
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