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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
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471 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

We’re hoping you’re expecting, the restaurant experience is not quite as it used to be. We’re doing our best to follow all guidelines and stick to all requirements in safety and cleanliness. You may not like them, we certainly don’t. But this is a different time, and currently these are the things we must do.
Overdrive sanitation procedures; limiting seating capacity to 6' apart with MAXIMUM 4 GUESTS PER PARTY; All reservations are spaced 10 minutes apart. Masks on while standing.
We are calling all reservations, so please make sure the phone nr is correct. Res. will be cancelled if we can not confirm it.
Patio seating: phone reservation only -max 24 hours advance.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 471 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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luvmaui
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had soup and the paparadelle and the ravioli. One of the best meals we ever had!

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LisaR
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch! Favorite restaurant in Traverse City.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and well prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner,

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vipStephenG
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very satisfying in all respects. My wife and I had Nobel dishes which were well prepared and presented—and very good.

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vipdiner
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food exceptional and Brad our server was excellent!!

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JillNorm
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in TC! Amazing food, staff, atmosphere and the chef is super cool.

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leeg
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find! The restaurant is lovely, our waiter was attentive, the wine was fantastic, and the food from appetizers to dessert was amazing. Afterward, the chef visited our table to find out how our experience was. Perfect from start to finish!

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Pepe Nero. It was fantastic! This was our first time eating out since the Corona virus hit so we weren't really sure what to expect. All of the staff did an amazing job practicing safety measures while still making it feel like a special experience. The food was fantastic. The staff was amazing. We would definitely return again.

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sandyp
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was wonderful. Made a celebration wonderful.

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vipJenny
Northern MI
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in town! Incredible and authentic Italian cuisine! Staff is always friendly and attentive. I always tell people to dine at PepeNero!

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vipRobinR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Traverse City on vacation and were so excited to hear they were reopened after Covid. The wait was worth it! Beautiful outdoor patio, appropriate social distancing and outstanding service. Our waiter, David, was brand new but knew his stuff. He humored me with multiple wine tastings as I was having a hard time choosing among their plentiful wine list. My husband and I split the Filet, cooked perfectly, and the Rigatoni. For dessert we had their homemade butter pecan. Yum! This place is such a gem. Please try it yourself!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal on Saturday night!

Mika was great! He really catered to my wife and her dietary limitations. He worked with the chef to create menu variants and suggestions that worked well for her. Awesome service!

Rest of the table had Polpo (octopus), Crab Croquette, Vellutata (soup), Ravioli, Filletto Black Angus, Branzino & Spiedini followed by Tiramisu and Gelato.

Excellent all around!

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JimH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so good even during Covid-19 restrictionists the food was great as before and the service was there to help with everything and kept our wine glasses filled. This is not our first time here and hope to be there many more times. I just hope that COVID does not do them in. Again many THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME.

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GraziellaP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at PepeNero and it will not be our last! Service was absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Our waiter David had great recommendations and knew so much about the history of the restaurant. He is an excellent waiter.

We ordered the crab croquettes as an appetizer and the pappardelle and filet as entrees. Dessert was espresso gelato and the tiramisu. Everything was delicious including our cocktails!

Truly felt like a taste of Sicily, which we REALLY enjoyed.

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SandraC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Our waiter David was great. We would highly recommend

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TerryH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with excellent food. Our waiter was also excellent. Very attentive but not over bearing. We were visiting on vacation and would highly recommend this spot and would return.

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vipMSBSB
Grand Rapids
87 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food uniquely prepared. Great choice of wines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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jclcl
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine & service! Recommend this restaurant to all.

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AngeloG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful experience.

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vipLeslieL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service outstanding! Would highly recommend!!

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vippatrish
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine list, knowledgeable servers, food was outstanding!

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vipLauraG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!

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JimL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine here the food and service are the best!

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! By far the best restaurant in Traverse City! Our dinner was so exquisite that we talked about it for days. I can’t wait to go back.

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Beth
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was amazing! Starting with our Server Dorien who was exceptional! We started our meal with a shared homemade Gnocchi dish, my husband and I both ordered fish entrees which were prepared with the freshest ingredients, prepared perfectly, presented beautifully and very flavorful! We have been to this restaurant several times and always have a wonderful experience!

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anon
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service staff was attentive and delightful. Our first nice meal out in months after pandemic lockdown and the attention to hygiene was excellent. Delicious starters, salad and pasta and lovely fish course of branzino.

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was superb. Easy parking in a quiet environment in the "commons".

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kathleeng
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing looking forward to going back.

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SeanO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love PepeNero, it’s one of our favorite places in TC! The food is always great and the service is amazing. We will be coming back every time we go to TC.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best meal I’ve ever had in my life.

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Pete
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Looking forward to our next visit to Traverse City which will include a stop at PepeNero.

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KellyF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I remembered out servers name because he was next level. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish. Food is cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back in the future!

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AspensMom
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a great date night place where all of the COVID-19 guidelines are being enforced (including patrons wearing a mask when not at the table) and exceeded, you've found it. This was our first dine-in experience since the "shut down" and we felt so comfortable and safe that my almost started to cry. From the staff wearing gloves and masks at all times to the bottle of hand sanitizer on the table, it was exactly what we needed to be comfortable.

All of our dishes came out perfect! I can't say enough good things about our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration dinner for my husband. We were a party of two. They have taken great care to reopen and it felt safe and welcoming. Our server Noah was outstanding. We ordered black Manhattans, they were perfect. Asked Noah to choose our wine pairing with our entree and that was perfect as well.

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Bryan
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, atmosphere, and service was top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service!

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 471 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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