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

PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge

4.9
4.9
1092 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.

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Booked 22 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.

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Sesame Seed FocacciaUS$5.00

    with Frantoi Cutrera EVOO, Acetaio Elisa 15yrs balsamic

    • Tagliere Italiano*

      selection of Italian salumi, cured meats and cheeses

      • For TwoUS$22.00
    • Tartar Hand Cut Black Angus Filet*US$20.00

      (Linz Heritage) truffle aioli, egg yolk, sesame powder, porcini purée, yucca chips

      • Mozzarella di Bufala*US$15.00

        rosemary crostone, basil pesto, baby heirloom tomatoes, balsamic pearls

        • Polpo / Spanish OctopusUS$21.00

          cherry tomatoes, olives, garlic, capers, crostini

          • Yellowfin Tuna TartarUS$24.00

            (sushi grade) capers, tomato, calabrian chili pepper, crispy yucca chips

            • Crab CroquetteUS$15.00

              salsa rosa (mayo with calabrian peppers & tomato sauce), mint & greek yogurt sauce

              • Frutti di MareUS$42.00

                blue point oysters, oishi shrimp, cold water lobster tail, mignonette, horseradish sauce

                Insalate / Zuppa

                • Prosciutto di Parma & Black Mission FigsUS$16.00

                  baby greens, almonds, Parmigiano Reggiano, aged balsamic

                  • Grilled RomaineUS$12.00

                    black garlic aioli, tomato, seeded bread crumbs, green olives, chimichurri

                    • Porcini Mushroom Soup*US$14.00

                      mascarpone, truffle powder

                      • Add Fresh Shaved Umbria Black TruffleUS$16.00

                    Primi / Fresh Pasta

                    house made daily; all of the pasta (except the stuffed) can be substituted with organic gluten free pasta / $5

                    • PappardelleUS$24.00

                      slow braised baby back ribs ragu, cream, sauce pomodoro, Parmigiano Reggiano

                      • RigatoniUS$24.00

                        (Veneto) porcini mushroom puree, smoked pancetta, taleggio bechamel

                        • PaccheriUS$22.00

                          san marzano tomato, guanciale, Parmigiano Reggiano

                          • CannelloniUS$22.00

                            spinach, ricotta and mozzarella filling, tomato sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano

                            • Rigatoni NormaUS$24.00

                              eggplant, pomodoro, ricotta salata, mozzarella di bufala, baked

                              Secondi / Entrees

                              • Filetto Black Angus*US$52.00

                                (Linz Heritage) tenderloin, nebbiolo sauce, potatoes puree, wild mushrooms

                                • Rack of LambUS$44.00

                                  (8 bone) pistachio puree, charred orange glaze, preserved tomato, peewee potatoes

                                  • Spiedini Don Ciccio & House SausageUS$32.00

                                    imperial wagyu top-sirloin roll, pine nuts, pancetta, mozzarella, raisins, peewee potatoes

                                    • Pollo / Otto ChickenUS$30.00

                                      polenta, baby carrots, cipollini onion, lemon thyme truffle jus

                                      • GuazzettoUS$42.00

                                        arctic blue mussels, little neck clams, lobster, tiger shrimp, rock shrimp, Nduja sausage, cherry tomatoes

                                        • Branzino*US$32.00

                                          baked in parchment, artichoke, caper & tomato relish, dill, potatoes

                                          • Alaskan HalibutUS$46.00

                                            pan roasted, saffron lobster risotto, preserved tomato, salt packed capers

                                            Contorni / Sides

                                            • Soft White Polenta, Parmigiano-ReggianoUS$7.00

                                              • Potato PureeUS$7.00

                                                • Peewee Roasted PotatoesUS$7.00

                                                  • Mixed Sauté VegetablesUS$7.00

                                                    Last updated: 4 February 2022

                                                    What 1,092 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                    4.9
                                                    4.9 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.9Food
                                                    • 5Service
                                                    • 4.9Ambience
                                                    • 4.7Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                      Fit for Foodies

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                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Best Overall

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Best Food

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Best Service

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Best Ambience

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Best Value

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Fit for Foodies

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Healthy

                                                    • Northern Michigan

                                                      Notable Wine List

                                                    • Northern Michigan

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                                                      Dani

                                                      Detroit

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderful food and great service.

                                                    2. C

                                                      Cocobutter

                                                      Philadelphia

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food, great service, and great atmosphere

                                                    3. n

                                                      nightowl

                                                      Cleveland

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      26 reviews

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This was our third visit to Pepe Nero. Each time the food has been amazing. Our server, Brad, did an excellent job.

                                                    4. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Detroit

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      I wish we could give ten stars!!! impeccable service, fantastic food and personal attention to every little detail by our waitress Kathleen, the maître’d and even the chef!!! Well worth the 200 mile excursion to be there!

                                                    5. TS

                                                      TimS

                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Friendly staff from the hostess to the wait staff to the servers and managers. Really excellent food served at an appropriate pace. Quiet, elegant setting allowing easy conversation.

                                                    6. NF

                                                      NatalieF

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This is a hidden gem. The food, the service, the food, unbelievable!!! Some of the best I have ever had. I will be traveling back, quite a bit, to enjoy.

                                                    7. DD

                                                      DarleneD

                                                      Detroit

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Went there on my birthday weekend for the first time. Kathleen was an outstanding server. Recommended an excellent white wine from Sicily. Mushroom soup was to die for and the linguini with seafood was wonderful. Manager stopped by several times. Amazing hand made in house tiramisu. Will go again.

                                                    8. R

                                                      Russ

                                                      Las Vegas

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always dependably excellent. Favorite restaurant in Traverse City.

                                                    9. GF

                                                      GregoryF

                                                      Western NC

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                      Very good service. Wait time has improved and no longer takes so much time. Well done! Food was very good. Outstanding restaurante

                                                    10. JS

                                                      JonathonS

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Hostess was very pleasant and took the time to ask about our wedding anniversary. Wait staff was attentive and helpful.

                                                    11. JP

                                                      JaneP

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our first experience at PepeNero is not to be forgotten. The food was outstanding! The dessert, semifroddo, was probably the best dessert I have ever had. The service was perfect. We had everything we needed while enjoying the company of our friends. The ambiance, coupled with the history of the state hospital grounds, was very intimate and warm. Highly recommend.

                                                    12. G

                                                      Goalgetter460

                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Absolutely favorite in TRaverse City! Go. Make a reservation now.

                                                    13. C

                                                      Cathy

                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Did not disappoint. My guest had the Halibut and I had the Speidini. Both were excellent. Just love this restaurant!!

                                                    14. DS

                                                      DougS

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent authentic upscale sophisticated restaurant. Being on the pricey side is expected at this caliber, but I still can’t get accustomed to $16 cocktails.

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Indiana

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had the most amazing food! You will not be disappointed!!

                                                    16. OM

                                                      OMPNZ

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Always 1st class, food is fresh and delicious, the owner is always present and it shows, service, staff,food is always spot on

                                                    17. JR

                                                      JoanR

                                                      Cincinnati

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      What an excellent meal! Polpo was perfect with olives and tomatoes. Branzino was delicate and moist. Wine selection suited our meal and budget. The server was attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. A delightful atmosphere for a birthday dinner.

                                                    18. N

                                                      Natalie

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent service, extremely knowledgeable and guided us through the menu. All dishes were fresh and on point. House made pasta, beef tartar, warm foccicia, 15 yr balsamic . Will definitely be back.

                                                    19. F

                                                      Foodie1

                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Delicious! The food was great and the service was wonderful. This is a nice choice for a special occasion or quiet night out. Setting is intimate and quiet enough to have conversation.

                                                    20. PM

                                                      PeterM

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Amazing place! There are so many great options for dining in Traverse City. This is the best! Food is excellent, and the dining experience feels special.

                                                    21. JH

                                                      JodiH

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had a great time and the food was fantastic! I felt very special on my birthday as everyone kept coming to the table to see how everything was. Can't wait to come back!

                                                    22. M

                                                      Maribel

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary, and it was our fist time here. We felt welcomed starting at the entrance. Our waitress was super nice and all of the other staff as well. We Really loved our experience at PepeNero 🥰

                                                    23. KA

                                                      KATHRINEG

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Remarkable food. Great wine list w plenty of very good affordable wines. Love the chef’s commitment to excellence.

                                                    24. PB

                                                      PaulB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      I’ve eaten at some nice places and this place takes the cake. Words can’t express how good the food,service and staff were. Will definitely be back.

                                                    25. RV

                                                      RickV

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Birthday Quality ingredients served by professionals. Love the ambiance of this old historic place.

                                                    26. DA

                                                      DAKZ

                                                      Detroit

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and wine.

                                                    27. b

                                                      briten

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food and service were impeccable. Definitely reccomend!

                                                    28. MA

                                                      MattA

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderful experience. Loved celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with them.

                                                    29. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Staff was friendly and welcoming, everything we ate was delicious and the courses were well timed. We had a wonderful time and will continue to go back.

                                                    30. GT

                                                      GregoryT

                                                      Detroit

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderful experience from beginning to end. The food is top-notch, service is impeccable and the wine list impressive.

                                                    31. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and service! A must try when visiting Traverse City!

                                                    32. P

                                                      Patina

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was superb, all of the staff was friendly, accommodating, and professional!

                                                    33. DP

                                                      DrewP

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Every single bit of what I spent here was well worth it. Kyle was our server and he did an excellent job explaining the menu to us and catering to our every need. I had one of the best dirty martinis ever here with the best bleu cheese stuffed olives. Absolutely would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out and I will certainly be going back.

                                                    34. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Small family “get out of the house” dinner very nice.

                                                    35. BD

                                                      BrettD

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      My wife and I always enjoy a night out at PepeNero. The servers and wait staff always do a great job, and Giorgio and Mika are always working the floor checking in on each table. They clearly care a lot about their work and the experience of each person. The food and experience is consistently exceptional. It's usually a special occasion when we come, because we're typically $100+ for two, but we always have a great time and look forward to coming back.

                                                    36. KC

                                                      KimberlyC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had a great table, with phenomenal service. The food was delicious and the ambience was perfect-not too dark and not too light. Highly recommended!

                                                    37. MI

                                                      MICHELLEC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our server Brad and all of the staff at PepeNero was great. We had to change our reservation several times and they were accommodating and helpful. It has become one of our favorite places to go.

                                                    38. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Orlando

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Everything was wonderful. From cocktail to entree. Love that the rotate the menu but keep some staples

                                                    39. N

                                                      None

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                      Good food value. Wine by the glass was slightly high price points wise!

                                                    40. L

                                                      Lobaby

                                                      Northern MI

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on 7 April 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our waiter Brad was phenomenal!

                                                    Safety precautions

                                                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                      • Sanitiser 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

                                                      • Waiting staff 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 4.9 stars by 1092 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                    Booked 22 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

                                                    • Area

                                                      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

                                                      Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

                                                    • 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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