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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
555 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 555 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! We’re not from Traverse City, this place was recommended by a local friend and I am so thankful because it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We also had late reservations and never felt rushed, highly recommend PepeNero! Heads up, get reservations way earlier than you would think you need to book them.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was above and beyond with a visit from the owner & chef. Everything we order was amazing, including the craft cocktails. Will definitely be back!

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mindy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Every time the meal is amazing. We tried the octopus appetizer this time and I’m still dreaming about it. The pasta is always so fresh. Thank you!!

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MeganA
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food! The ravioloni was incredible. Great wine list. Very nice and knowledgeable waitstaff.

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vipArtS
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful stylish Italian bistro in historic building. We both had Ravioli with home made sausage, porcini mushrooms and shaved truffles. It was to die for! Also fabulous Figs and Beets salad, and sorbetto and panne cotta made by the chef owner (Giorgio's wife). Service and ambience outstanding, and Giorgio stopped by to chat with us. Everyone was socially distanced and tables had hand sanitizer on them.

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JeraldY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get a reservation last minute and we were so pleasantly surprised by this beautiful restaurant!!

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vipJing
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with attentive service. The steak tartare is outstanding and our server Brad was spot on with his recommendations. Would definitely return next time we’re in the area to try out more of their menu.

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foodiefun
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! The amuse bouche was a little crostini with sundried tomato-infused mascarpone with a Peruvian pickle on it - delicious. The crab croquette was also delicious with a little bit of lime zest to make it interesting coupled with a mayo sauce.

Now most people don't get excited about soups, but get the creamy butternut squash soup - it was absolutely amazing. It had a drizzle of oil with an amaretti cookie crumbled on top which hit all the right tastebud notes. Other diners at other tables felt the same way and you could hear it. My husband, who isn't big into soups or squash, couldn't stop eating it. I guess they switch it up with mushroom or asparagus soups in different seasons.

The wagyu beef rolled with prosciutto stuffed with a raisin/pine nut/mozzarella mash skewered and grilled sitting on a balsamic drizzle was delicious, but oddly enough the homemade sausage that came with it was the star of the dish (squeeze the lemon on it). Even the little potatoes were perfectly salted - every aspect of the dish thought through.

We had the panna cotta which came with a chocolate disk and tiny chocolate balls and a blood orange/liqueur sauce and another dessert with apple layered with white chocolate/vanilla mousse on a caramel cookie with shards of caramel atop. Both were stellar, perfectly balanced and proportioned.

This is truly a special restaurant. The servers were efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. We could see into the kitchen and every dish was given a once-over before coming out and the plates given a wipe down. That's how much they care. During this time of COVID, every single employee was wearing a mask properly pulled over their noses and left it there and no one was tugging at it or touching it. The attention to detail is at that level.

And, as a parting shot, they gave us a few chocolate truffles with a hint of coffee flavor. Absolutely perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner here on our honeymoon. Food was beyond delicious. Service was great. Will definitely return for another special occasion (a little too pricey for every day dinner).

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding - the food, service & ambiance were amazing and well worth it! We will be back to dine here again!

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LeahS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom loved her birthday dinner since the food and drinks were incredible. The brussel sprouts side was amazing and the vegetable dish with the pistachio mushroom sauce was unbelievable. I never thought veggies could taste so good! Our waiter Noah was very sweet as well.

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AndrewL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time back and the food was as incredible as the first time. The drinks were fantastic, the service is always top notch and the food is the best I’ve had in TC

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent experience!

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vipDRNO
Grand Rapids
94 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was delicious. I had the burrata for a starter and it was amazing. Wine list was great and we had a Chianti Reserve. Everything was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is Special.
From the made fresh daily pastas, to the family recipes that are both unique and amazing! The chefs under direction of the owners, both chefs, advance in spinning comfort Italian and fusion flavors using local farm to table process.

The deserts are as authentic as the main course! Did I mention the mushroom soup is the standard by with all mushroom soups should be compared?
Yes it’s that spectacular.

Can’t wait to come back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Great value and great service

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KarrieG
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal for our anniversary. The service was wonderful and they even brought us a complimentary champagne toast.

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PamY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and our experience was better than ever. We checked in at the patio area and were seated (socially distanced) in the dining room. Our served was attentive and the food was delicious. We have dined here before and this visit was outstanding Giorgio and Monica stopped by the table to check on our experience. The food was delicious from our appetizer, salad, entree, dessert and coffee. We will return.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, David, was wonderful. He was professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. Our food was delicious. The dessert was especially a treat. The owner stopped by and spoke with us, and he was most gracious. This was our first trip to Traverse City, but we plan to return and will definitely eat here again.

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AlanaP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional service, exceptional food and wine. We will be back!

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CiaraS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate our new engagement! We will definitely be back in the future!

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vipmrsG
Nashville
46 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a wonderful surprise! The food was spectacular and the service was among the best I have ever experienced. David was knowledgeable and attentive as well as entertaining.
Wile the entire meal was delicious and beautifully presented, our favorite was the pappardelle with pork ragu. Flavorful, creamy meat sauce with perfectly prepared pasta. Divine. Our dessert was among the most interesting I have ever seen. The attention to detail and presentation was exceptional. Absolutely delicious. Can't recall the name of the dish so you will have to settle for a short description. A 2.5 inch hollow globe of white chocolate filled with creamy deliciousness surrounded by mango coulis. wow.
We will definitely be back on our next trip!

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KathleenJ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food well worth the price. Freshly made and prepared with skill. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We left full and happy.

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ReginaP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, David, was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, cocktails, wine and beer menus. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful time. PepeNero will definitely see us again.

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BillM
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was greeted very friendly and seated. Victoria our waitress very attentive, offered food and wine suggestions, and very personable. The experience was the same as previous dining at PepeNero.

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ShannonW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Server was not the most pleasant and seemed “put out” because we ordered pasta and even made a rude comment to us about not ordering something off the right side of the menu.

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Giacomo
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The Rigatoni was spectacular. It looked like a cake, with the noodles standing on edge, and it was flavorful. Quite a memorable experience - it was my wife's birthday and she was pleased with the dining experience.

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MandyC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dinner experience from start to finish! The food was the best food we’ve had in a long time as well as the service. The staff went beyond to recommend drinks and were right on with every single one. Defiantly would recommend and go back!

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EliseS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely meal and experience on our date this past Saturday evening! The food was outstanding and our waiter, Brad, was wonderful despite the restaurant being busy. Cannot recommend this place enough! Will definitely return.

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AmyW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food, and ambiance. Fine dining. BRAVO

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vipWestVillageLoyalist
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the ambiance were all perfect. Everything we ate and drank was incredible. I am extremely cautious about dining during the pandemic and could not have been more impressed with the precautions taken at this restaurant. I highly recommend Pepe Nero and cannot wait to return soon.

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FrankM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at PepeNero and it was a great experience. Outstanding service from Victoria. Food was excellent and complemented by a great Italian wine list. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing meal! Definitely will be back.

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vipARTHURW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

our waiter could have been more attentive. he would not come by our table for what seemed like a long period of time.

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vipPhyllisK
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great over all experience.

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vipkcmaster
Kansas City
39 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food, good wine list and always top rate service. The steak is excellent, good quality cooked perfectly to desired doneness and the eggplant pasta was delicious.

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JohnD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening out, celebrating a birthday. Brad was our waiter and he did a fantastic job. The food was great. We will definitely return

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at PepeNero and we will definitely be back! Although we were sat 20 mins after our reservation time, the food made up for the wait! The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. I was happy to see all the truffle options as well. The mushroom soup was by far the best soup I’ve ever had. The filet and seafood were cooked perfectly. Highly recommended and we cannot wait to go back!

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BryanD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was nothing short of amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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 555 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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