Pepenero tells the story of the two places chef Giorgio Lo Greco considers home: Palermo, Sicily and Traverse City, Michigan. It starts with the memory of the family, the deliciousness prepared by mother, grandmother, aunts and uncle; past experiences. ‘ It comes from my youth memories in Bagheria, home of so many rural culinary traditions where seafood is at its best, the experience and memories gained while working in my uncle’s trattoria ‘Trattoria Don Ciccio”, and in Palermo, city of such a popular gastronomic culture. Everything, then, has been filtered by travel memories bringing new knowledge and techniques, local ingredients and my personal touch and creativity.‘
While keeping the original state of all found pieces of history of the Kirkbride hall building , we have transformed the first floor of the original chapel of the old state hospital into a place with a warm, elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Visiting Pepenero is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. for those who choose to dine with us, Pepenero gives you not only an atmosphere of modern elegance, but also a journey into the most genuine and authentic flavors of italy with an emphasize on Sicily.
Giorgio Lo Greco - Chef Owner - PepeNero
Located at the heart of building 50 first floor of the Kirkbride hall building. While keeping the original state of all found pieces of history, we have transformed the first floor of the original chapel of the old state hospital into a plclaace with a warm, elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Visiting pepenero restaurant is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. for those who choose to dine with us, Pepenero gives you not only an atmosphere of modern elegance, but also a journey into the most genuine and authentic flavors of italy with an emphasize on Sicily.
Classy, upscale and stylish atmosphere, featuring italian tapas (small plates), and a great selection of Italian wines.Visiting Ballaró Wine Lounge here in Traverse City, is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. Spontaneous and effervescent as the Sicilian street market it’s named after, is truly the modern day neighborhood hangout; Its a chill lounge with amazing Italian food - set out to recreate the feel and the look of an evening in our home country as we would enjoy it.
Located off the main dinning room, PepeNero offers private dinning great for private dinners and meetings. The room accomodates up to 28 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. If you would like more information, you may call 231 929 1960 or send us an email at @firstname.lastname@example.org *Please include your phone number and and a few details about your event (date, aprox. nr of guests ) Thank you. Please note, due to current Covid restrictions regarding seating capacity currently we only accept reservations for groups of max 5 guests per party (including our private room)
"I promise to serve good, simple and thought out dishes. Freshness and quality of ingredients speak for themselves, the only thing I add is memory and my passion for food. I try to include memories from home in Bagheria Sicily, in every single dish. Each one, in its simplicity tells my story - childhood memories, my world travel experiences and daily life in Michigan Goal is: even though you’re not in Italy (and probably not even Italian) myself and the PepeNero team work tirelessly to make you feel that way. It is with this simple thought in mind that we invite you to join us to celebrate and be a part of our family!"
Giorgio Lo Greco - Chef Owner - PepeNero
Even though we're quite far from Italy, a place where we used to call home for quite a long time, memories are with us, transforming them into perfect dishes to celebrate seasons and symbols of the gastronomic history of Sicily.
in our kitchen we use the best of what Michigan and Italy has to offer and leave the freshness and quality of ingredients speak for themselves in our dishes.
From fresh pasta, sauces, ragu - everything is made in house! Flour is power @Pepenero!.
Restaurant is open for dine in service: Tuesday - Saturday 4.30pm - 9pm For take-out or curbside delivery orders can be placed-depending on availability - Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 8pm;We look forward to feeding you soon.
'Each dish, in its simplicity tells my story - growing up memories in Bagheria - Sicily, my world travel experiences, and daily life in Traverse City'Giorgio Lo Greco, Chef
OPENING HOURS (dinning room & take out orders)
Tuesday - Thursday: 4.30pm - 9pm;
Friday - Saturday: 4.30pm -10pm;
Sunday, Monday: closed
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
Tue March 14 - Thu March 16, Reopening Friday March 17- 4.30pm
Reservations strongly encouraged