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

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.8
4.8
1270 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


Booked 17 times today

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

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What 1,270 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • 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

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  1. B

    Beck

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food we ordered was delicious and the service was amazing! The second a glass was empty, our server Kyle was there to fill it. The cocktails were some of the best I’ve ever had, and the wine list was extensive. We will be returning!
  2. S

    Susie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 46 wedding anniversary and it was a special treat! The manager was very understanding when we explained that the other two guests who were supposed to be us called at the last minute and explained that he had COVID. Our server was very professional and knowledgeable. The food looked like a work of art! Tasted even better! We will be back.
  3. LM

    LuMoOct2013

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance , food and service ! Highly recommended!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, and the food was absolutely perfect. To begin, we had a bowl of the mushroom soup, the porcini vellutata…..best way to describe it is velvet in a bowl. (I’m guessing that is exactly what the name means!) My new husband and I had the Branzino (fish) as well as the filet minion (Filetto Black Angus) Literally, melt-in-your-mouth tender and so much flavor with both of those entrees….phenomenal! To end the meal we split a dessert and brought another back to our room to share later. Our server also had just been wed in Washington State…she took time to talk with us, explained food choices and prep…she was wonderful! The chef and owner, Georgio Lo Greco personally came to our table, and congratulated us on our marriage. Truly a perfect evening with amazing, too-notch food. So highly recommend!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Comfortable outside during cold snap after booking. Always appreciate a visit from the owner. Food never disappoints.
  6. JH

    JHastings

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a lovely dinner on the patio. Despite the chilly air, the outdoor heaters worked perfectly and we were able to bask in a beautiful autumnal evening.
  7. n

    nightowl

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our fourth time to dine here. When we visit from Cleveland PepeNero is always on our list for dinner and once again did not disappoint. We had Brad as our server and as usual he did a great job, was very personable and attentive. All of the staff are friendly and professional. The food was delicious. The homemade pappardelle was incredible, drinks are creative and well made. We had the panna cotta for dessert. Amazing!
  8. MA

    MaxA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!
  9. T

    Tania

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands-down, the best dinner we have had in years! The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. The price was surprisingly moderate. Do not come to Traverse City without visiting this restaurant. I promise you will not be sorry.
  10. TS

    TimS

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome experience at PepeNero. The food was delicious and the staff could not be better. We met the chef who so personable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  11. KV

    KellieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience! The staff and service was excellent. Noah was such a delight and so knowledgeable. The cuisine is creative and does not disappoint.
  12. ND

    NancyD

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time eating here. This restaurant doesn’t disappoint. The food is delicious and the service too notch.
  13. C

    Christa

    Grand Rapids

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service from hostess and wait staff.
  14. TB

    TinaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely environment, tasteful place settings and absolutely the best food I’ve eaten in a VERY long time. Will definitely return!
  15. LB

    LoraineB

    Northern MI

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been here many times & it continues to be one of our favorites in TC. This time we took friends who had not been there before. We started with tartar & burrata. Both were excellent. The four of us ordered the filet, linguine with seafood, cannelloni, & tagliatelle with ragu. All were delicious. It’s a small menu so everything is done right but the pastas are the standouts to us. The wine list has something for everyone & the prices aren’t outrageous. Our server, Brad, was attentive without being obnoxious. Service was top notch. We’ll be back!
  16. JB

    JBinTC

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In our opinion, Pepe Nero is one of the best restaurants in Traverse City, always exceeding our expectations in every way. Our most recent dinner there (on the beautiful outdoor patio) was again a delightful and delicious experience! Can’t wait to go back!
  17. R

    Rosey

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great dinner. Great service. Food is incredible.
  18. SF

    SabinaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good Ambiance. Great wine menu. Our food was wonderful! I ordered the Filet and my husband had the paparadelle. YUM!!! They seemed to be a little short staffed (as are all restaurants right now) But everyone was working hard - including the owners!! Thank you!
  19. S

    Stldiner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Traverse City.
  20. S

    Steve

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious food in every course. Excellent service. Always a fantastic experience.
  21. BV

    BobV

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We were rushed through our meal-main course came before we finished our appetizer-cannelloni looked like a crepe rather than the individual tubular pasta it should be-we have dined here for several years and this was a disappointing experience
  22. SE

    SteveE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service. The octopus appetizer is amazing!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful atmosphere and wait staff Brad our waiter was excellent Food was authentic and a culinary experience
  24. LE

    LouisE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely phenomenal. An ABSOLUTE MUST if you are in the area. The filet was perfect and the mushroom soup was amazing
  25. AW

    AdamW

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our anniversary dinner here and everything was amazing!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here, and everything about the experience was perfect! The service was exceptional, the food was outstanding and the ambience was just right to enjoy an evening out.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From Tennessee on vacation—read good reviews which made us want to try—we were not disappointed —excellent wine list, Excellent food, service, & atmosphere—GPS didn’t Do a very good job locating, however, when I called one of the staff came out in the yard to look for us which was what I call “beyond the call of duty”—-we would highly recommend Carole & Bill
  28. KL

    KarenL

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a special night with our son and daughter-in-law who were visiting and were seated at a nice table on the patio. Tables were spaced nicely. I eat gluten-free plus avoid garlic & onion. Our waitress was very knowledgeable in assisting me to choose my entree. Garlic is very hard to avoid in an Italian restaurant, and in the end my heart overrode my head & I chose the GF seafood pasta, even though garlic content was the lowest choice & my husband had the regular version. The GF version had gnocchi, rather than noodles which I enjoyed immensely. Our kids especially enjoyed the sea bass. I don't remember what they ordered. I'm glad we tried this excellent restaurant, but will save it for special occasions.
  29. BL

    BenL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was just perfect!
  30. RH

    RebeccaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Words cannot express the amazing dinner that we had last night . Noah, our server, was absolutly amazing and added even more fun to the perfect evening. As our daughter said in a thank you text this morning"We will be thinking about that meal for weeks" Giorgio and Monica you are amazing !
  31. K

    Kait

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! We tried an array of menu items including burrata, fig salad, fuccacia, and 3 different pasta dishes. We ended the night with dessert and cappuccinos. Service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend!!
  32. DF

    DinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Traverse city to eat. We will absolutely return in our next visit
  33. S

    Smakosz

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner outside with family latish in the evening. Everything was perfect-the food is consistently of the first order. This time, on the recommendation of the server, I tried the mushroom soup, which turned to be simply wonderful, with taste of mushrooms fully present. The pastas are equally fine. We had a very nice Sicilian red wine--one of the pleasured of the restaurant is the abundance of wines from the island that I had never tasted before, so the adventure is most welcome. The server was very good; the only two reservations I have is that this time delivery was somewhat slow (it was late). I also would prefer less cream in the dishes but this in no way detracts from the wonderful food -- the existence of two fine, very different Italian restaurants in the same complex is simply fantastic.
  34. NF

    NorthernFoodie

    Indiana

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dining on the outdoor patio is a wonderful summer and early fall experience, the patio is beautiful with umbrellas and nice outdoor tables. Loved the cannelloni and semi-Freddo dessert as well as burrata and tomato pesto appetizer. Food is of nice quality and well-prepared. Only concern is the prices are very high- higher than some other nice places in the area, though know inflation and pandemic partly responsible.
  35. MA

    MAK529

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, wine, and cocktail ~ highly recommend the octopus app, branzino, seafood linguini, and tiramisu! Also always wonderful service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Heard good reviews, so gave it a try. Reservation per Open Table, did not see options for patio vs booth vs other. Very nice looking outdoor seating area with what appeared to have multiple open tables at our 7 pm arrival but we were told all were spoken for and could wait additional 45’ for outside. We took an inside booth, interior beautifully decorated but a bit cavernous. Size of booth designed for 6 with 2 chairs, but uncomfortable for 4 in the booth itself. Waitstaff Ryan excellent and attentive, drinks and bread slow to arrive. Pours were small on pricey specialty drinks, but wine list very nice with broad price point ranges. Apps looked good, only 2 salads ( I opted for the overpriced prosciutto and fig salad @$18,) just average. Two entrees (Branzino) good but one entree (sausage & spedini) stone cold… they replaced it with another, luke warm. Lots of apology but no offer to remove from bill or comp a dessert. On way out, still lots of patio tables were empty. We cancelled plan to return next week, maybe they will up their game, but it seems like the current trend is the other direction. I would return to the bar for a glass of wine.
  37. LR

    LisaR

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS impeccable! Highly recommend, this is our favorite restaurant in Traverse City. We live here!
  38. R

    Rick

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside and it was a fantastic experience. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend to everyone I know.
  39. j

    jgirl

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tables outside were spaced nicely. Wait staff was attentive. Food was delicious as always. Our favorite restaurant in TC.
  40. g

    garyf

    Naples

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to PepeNero Ristorantino Italian for our wedding anniversary. We were promptly seated and then greeted by our wonderful wait person. She was very helpful explaining some of the menu choices. The owner/ chef came out and visited with us. We chose the crab croquette to share as well as the grilled romaine, and linguine. All were delicious. My husband had the tenderloin with mushrooms. The meat was so tender and cook just as ordered. I had the branzino bake in parchment and served table side. Both entrees were were perfect. For dessert we chose tre cioccolati ( dark, milk, and white chocolate mousse on a chocolate cookie layer and then covered in chocolate) and semifreddo ( pistachio, sea salt caramel, and chocolate). Both were absolutely perfection! Our meal was the best I’ve had in Traverse City and we will definitely return. This restaurant is one you need to experience if you live or are visiting in T.C..

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 1270 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


Booked 17 times today
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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