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Zio Peppe, Tucson, AZ

Zio Peppe

4.6
4.6
43 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Zio Peppe is where tradition meets innovation, serious collides with playful, and gourmet converges with casual. Zio Peppe means “Uncle Joe’ in Italian, and just like a beloved “funcle” – a fun uncle, Zio Peppe will make sure all are welcome, and everybody is having a good time.

Zio Peppe is a collaboration between Chef Devon Sanner and Chef Mat Cable. Our menu is anchored in Italian-American classics of pizza and pasta, but draws heavy influence from the foods and flavor profiles of Tucson and the Sonoran region.

Sanner joins forces with Cable after having cooked under Tucson culinary legend Janos Wilder for the past 15 years, serving as chef at Janos, JBAR, Downtown + Cocktails, and The Carriage House.

Zio Peppe, which means “Uncle Joe” in Italian, is in part a tribute to Cable’s uncle, Joe Sottosanti, who opened Tucson’s first Sicilian pizza place, Tesseo’s Pizzeria, nearly 50 years ago.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 888-4242

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Devon Sanner

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Cross street

    Kolb

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 43 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Innovative

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tucson

    Great for fine wines

  • Tucson

    Romantic

  • Tucson

    Italian

  • Tucson

    Innovative

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tucson

    Great for fine wines

  • Tucson

    Romantic

  • Tucson

    Italian

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  1. F

    Foodie84

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice people and one of my favorite new restaurants. One of the best caesar salads and their wolf pasta with shrimp is my go to dish! I've heard great things about their risottos and pizza so will have to try those on my next stop.
  2. BP

    BrittneyP

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Our favorite, go-to Italian restaurant! We always go for the Bianca pizza, Alfredo and Birria pizza!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and unique food in a relaxed atmosphere! Very small so reservations are recommended. The green chile pasta and mushroom risotto were both spectacular!
  4. LR

    LizandRick

    Tucson

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Our first time dining here. Took a while to figure out how to order. Food was great. Service was irratic. Would definitely go back for the food. We now know how to deal with the service issue. Just have to keep on top of the servers.
  5. J

    Joanne

    Tucson

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pizza wasn’t bad. Had Bianca and friend had the fig and goat cheese. Pricey for the pizza and one iced tea. Cost $27 for one person with tip. Crust a little tough and tasted and looked like it was a wheat crust, which menu did not state. I would go back and try the pastas or risotto. But not the pizza anymore. One person took care of all the tables. It took a while before our drink orders were taken but we weren’t in a rush. You’re supposed to order food at counter but no sign
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went in expecting just another Italian joint, but we were quite pleasantly surprised to find an extremely creative menu that I would call more southwest-Italian fusion. The menu is unique and everything we have tried is fantastic! The goat cheese spread and bread is delicious as a starter, and my personal favorite is the Figgy Stardust pizza…a magical mix of goat cheese, bacon, figs and a pomegranate drizzle. Amazing!
  7. OG

    OperaGirl

    Tucson

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I was surprised to find the restaurant far from busy considering the write-ups I have seen about it. The food lived up to those encomiums. I was also surprised that it was not a full-service restaurant but more on the order of a fast-casual place, where your order is taken and paid for at a counter and delivered to the table when ready. Still, it was clear that the food was made to order and that the chef-owner took great pride in making the food just so.
  8. TM

    ThomasM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a quaint, but inviting atmosphere. Service staff were helpful and friendly, and the food was incredible.
  9. j

    judy

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular. And delicious.
  10. V

    Vandra

    Tucson

    314 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    314 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night and food! Even when the lights went out, the night was terrific. :)
  11. CW

    CarrieW

    Tucson

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have a fantastic menu and all 4 of us loved our meal. The staff is great!
  12. JE

    JEdM

    Tucson

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Sonoran Restaurant Week menu - outstanding choices and food.
  13. J

    Jeff

    Greensboro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lively crowd, wonderful service, meals were great as always. Devon and team deliver a top notch experience.
  14. JB

    JoeB

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun environment. They obviously care a lot about what comes out of the kitchen. The bread and spreads stole the show. Get all 4.
  15. MH

    MarkH

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My #1 favourite restaurant in Tucson. It's literally a love letter to the city. Every dish is fantastic.
  16. KM

    KenM

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The table wasn't quite ready as reservation. The del Bac and garlic appetizer was lacking the flavor of either. The wine, other food and service was good.
  17. AH

    AmyH

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place was so delicious. Best pizza ever. We had a great time. I would say their seating and organization was the only thing. We had a reservation but they weren’t prepared for us. I saw the same for others too.
  18. LD

    LDM001

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An unusual place with exceptional home made food. Their lemonade was the best I have had for years. The bread, which they made themselves, was outstanding. We both had the Wolf and Shrimp linguini which was also exceptional. They are good not just for Tucson, but compared to restaurants in Chicago which we know well. If Michelin ever reviews Tucson, they would be a Bib Gourmand.
  19. s

    simonc

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pizza and pasta are amazing. Everything is very unique in flavor which is why we love this place so much.expect the highest quality ingredients.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious, better than good! Service was attentive and friendly!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really loved the mussels they had on special. Very tasty!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Food and Service easily 5stars! Cute and clean and not packed. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Food was fresh and quick. We were all sweating and so hot when we were eating and decided to hold off on another round of drinks and dessert because it was just too hot inside the restaurant. We would eat here again to go but not inside. It’s too hot.
  23. L

    Laurence1950

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food ….great service….great conversation with owner
  24. e

    eviem

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding foodie experience. The Shrimp Poblano/Cilantro Risotto was savory and divine. Gnocchi with Short Rib a little bland in comparison but nice soft texture with equally quiet aromatics.
  25. JA

    JazmineA

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Cute place and very quiet. I didn't like my dish, but others were pleased with their selections.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for Mother’s Day, have been before. Always consistent, food is outstanding The ambience is perfect, the service is great and the general experience is one of the best in Tucson.
  27. HC

    HeatherC

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great entree, app and salad selections! We got a lot of everything and shared it among the table. Zio Peppe will be on our regular list of favorites!
  28. JM

    JosephM

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Pizzas were outstanding and very interesting combinations. The fettuccine was too garlicky and overpowered the dish. I didn’t like the fact you had to order at a register and then your items were brought to you. Though the wait staff did bring drinks and water which was very nice along with bread and spreads.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great food but no wait staff. There was a long line and needed to get up and wait in line every time we wanted another drink. This concept does not work with this type of meal. Food was excellent and takes time to prepare- not like other fast food restaurants. I’m willing to pay a little more for wait staff.
  30. TR

    TonyR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great service, interesting and well prepared food.
  31. C

    Chicaria

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    great food and service. lots of choices and want yo try their pizzas!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were gin Tucson visiting and had a wonderful meal at Zio Peppe. The food was top notch and very creative. Service was impeccable.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome. They made custom meals for each of the kids. Top notch and small.
  34. h

    hwrhsl

    Tucson

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Superb well-considered modest food...we will be back!
  35. SS

    SarahS

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food- interesting and unique. Combination of Italian and Mexican
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is simply the best! Great value too!
  37. LB

    LisaB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I didn't originally anticipate the walk up aspect of ordering, but the food was great, the noise level moderate - still easy to talk to people at the table. Although we didn't take advantage of it that night, there is patio seating which I love. I'll be adding this to my list of restaurants that I frequent.
  38. MB

    MarkB

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zio Peppe's just keeps getting better and better. The food is fantastic, the people who work there are amazing, and I just can't find anything to criticize about the restaurant. One of Tucson's hidden gems!
  39. GL

    GermanL

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our first time there and enjoyed it very much.
  40. V

    Vandra

    Tucson

    314 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    314 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive food and attentive service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zio Peppe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 888-4242.

Zio Peppe is rated 4.6 stars by 43 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 4 times today
Google Map for Zio Peppe

6502 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715-3811

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kolb

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Devon Sanner

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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