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

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
4.8
1220 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

Popular dishes

What 1,220 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Special Occasion

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Most Booked

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan

    Special Occasion

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Dinner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING food as always, we drive up three weekends a year fro southern Michigan and never miss PepeNero!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastically accommodated patio reservation when the weather turned out to be cold and rainy. They are so aware of diner comfort, patio heater ran out of propane and they had someone switch it out in 5 min. You can tell the staff likes working there.
  3. RD

    RandD

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and romantic outdoor patio dining. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there several times and love it
  5. B

    Block

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. I haven’t visited such a well run restaurant in a long time. We sat outside on a beautiful TC evening and ate delicious food. The Branzino, pasta, salad, soup, were all so good. I can’t wait to return.
  6. SS

    SusieS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely outdoor seating area. Excellent homemade pasta dishes, service was friendly and helpful but not obtrusive. We had a delicious and relaxing early dinner ahead of an Interlochen concert.
  7. JS

    JonS

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jen was great. Food was great (bread may have been the best ever).
  8. KN

    KellyN

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful dining experience! The food was exceptional and we enjoyed it on the lovely outdoor patio. Kathleen was our server and she was top notch. Looking forward to a return visit!
  9. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food. Great service…but a bit slow!. It took a long time to get appetizers and entrees. Putty…because it is a great restaurant (probably the best in Northern Michigan)…but they need to be quicker in the kitchen
  10. LH

    LindseyH

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Service was great and food was AMAZING. Will be back
  11. S

    Skyegirl62

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant in a unique setting, amazing food and excellent service
  12. MM

    MaryM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed outstanding food and amazing service! Sarah was wonderful!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food and service great. However don’t expect to get anything the way you would like it. We couldn’t get any butter for noodles, we couldn’t get pasta with sauce on the side. We actually had management have to come explain to us that the chef only served things the way he liked and they absolutely refused to let us have any butter for a kid’s noodles. Craziest thing I have seen in a while.
  15. DA

    DAAB

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Food was outstanding and cooked with love. We had a chance to chat with the owners. We had a wonderful experience.
  16. MI

    MICharlotte

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was wonderful!! Food was delicious!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was unbelievable. The service was 1st class, did I say the food was unbelievable, every thingwas great. However any body who makes food that good, with sauces, dressing’s and the like that deserve to be sopped up and be charged for bread, just isn’t fair. The bread is part of the entry when the food is that good. If you have too pay for the bread be prepared to get every drop of Giorgio’s wizardry.
  18. LK

    LindaK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight! Our favorite place in Traverse City!
  19. NA

    NANCYM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We celebrated a birthday and an anniversary and received a complimentary 3 ounce glass of some sparkling wine. I had the special which was halibut with lobster risotto. The halibut piece was about 4 " square and had an excellent flavor. I found one tiny piece of lobster in the risotto. It was priced at $52 which was more than what the on-line menu stated. My husband had the rack of lamb ($48) which was excellent. We were both disappointed that the only veggie on our plates were two tiny stalks of broccolini the size of your little finger. We ordered dessert which were $15 each. I had the cannoli which was very hard and almost impossible to cut and tasted old. The sorbetto it came with was the only thing that was good. The server dripped raspberry sauce on my pants and the manager brought lemon and soda water to help and took off half the price of the dessert but it still was not worth it. My husband ordered the tiramisus which was encased in hard chocolate and the size of a bratwurst. It was difficult to cut and very small. Our friends who were with us were not happy with the crab appetizer which seemed to be mostly bread and no significant crab flavor. Overall, they were disappointed with what they ordered. We felt that most of the items were overpriced and we do not plan to return. There are better choices for Italian dining in our area.
  20. SY

    SherryY

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, outstanding food, one of my favorites
  21. FC

    FrankC

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb, & the service was some of the best in the state.
  22. AF

    AngelaF622

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PepeNero had such a cozy date night vibe! The food was great - I got the mushroom soup and the pappardelle (ragu) and my husband got the grilled romaine salad and the beef tenderloin dish. Everything tasted great and our waiter was great and fun!
  23. JB

    JacquelineB

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our fourth summer in Traverse City and we eat there probably 3 to 4 times during our 5 weeks here the food is great no complaints 😋 Make a reservation a month out
  24. DD

    DeborahD

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent is all ways from the wine, bread, salad, main course.
  25. n

    northernmigal

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance never disappoint. Great wine list. One of our very favorite restaurants.
  26. K

    Kelly

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best dining experience we’ve had in a long time here! Brad W was our server and was phenomenal! Great food, excellent service and overall wonderful dinner!
  27. LB

    LizB

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is so delicious. We had terrific service on the patio from Kyle and the rest of the waitstaff. Definitely check this place out.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best staff in the game. An exciting experience. Exceptional customer service. Must try at least once
  29. JH

    JHastings

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Noah is an amazing employee. He is attentive to all the guests, has impeccable timing on approaching the table and creates a wonderful experience!
  30. SZ

    SusanZ

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience and a great place to share a summer evening meal with friends or family. I love the outside dining space.
  31. KP

    KPIL

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time celebrating my sister's birthday. Outstanding food and service - the desert was incredible. We will be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Lovely presentation. Very nice evening. Wine list very good and an excellent value - prices much lower than expected
  33. J

    Judy

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service; great patio dining option.
  34. TH

    TheHen

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday
  35. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an exceptional restaurant! The freshness of the food, the preparation, the service, is all top shelf! This is quite possibly one of the finest restaurants I’ve been to in the Midwest. It rivals places I’ve enjoyed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere. If you have not tried this restaurant you are truly missing a great dining experience.
  36. E

    Ella

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall good food, nice atmosphere, chef/owner very welcoming, excellent waitstaff...will go again!
  37. S

    Steele

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were disappointed that we couldn't get appetizers to start. We were told that we had to order everything at once. This is the first time we've ever experienced this.
  38. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always
  39. s

    shannonw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely OUTSTANDING, as always. The flavors, service and ambiance always make the occasion special.
  40. SW

    SharonW

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is seriously my favorite restaurant in Traverse City. The ambience is great. They do not rush you. The food is awesome. The filet and papperdelle are my favorite meals. I always finish my meal with a spanish coffee and it is so good. Highly recommend!!

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 1220 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

  • 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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