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Welcome to PepeNero!
Owners Giorgio Lo Greco and Luca Carteni met working side by side in an Italian restaurant over 30 years ago. Both experienced restaurateurs, made the leap from Italy to Traverse City, MI in 2011 (Giorgio) and 2014 (Luca).
“We both love food and wine and cherish the art of dining and eating. Our childhood in Italy was founded in a culture with a strong, stable culinary tradition where people take great pleasure in food, and dining is an experienced to be savored. Some of our dearest memories are around great meals which brought families and friends together. Since knowing each other, we dreamed about creating a restaurant that will bring unpretentious, freshly cooked real Italian food matched with excellent wines and genuine service.
As a result in August 2013 we united to open the first Italian owned restaurant in Grand Traverse area. A restaurant that will closely resemble to one opened in the streets of Palermo (Giorgio’s home town), where the terms “free range chickens”, “organic”, “antibiotic/hormone free beef”, “farm to table” are coined, because as we grew up in Italy, all vegetables were organic, all chickens were free-range, all ingredients were purchased from local markets or fisheries and nobody has thought out the great foolishness of using hormones or antibiotics to livestock.
Our vision is to take our guests to refreshengly new levels of Italian food and wine enjoyments. Even though you’re not in Italy (and probably not even Italian!) PepeNero will make you feel that way.

Benvenuti & Buon Appetito!
Our Mission

is to provide our customers with unpretentious , delicious, all-natural freshly cooked real Italian food!
We strive to create a memorable and unique experience for each guest through custom menu design, attention to detail, and our true love for what we do.


Our custom built menus cover most regions of Italy with a particular emphasis on the Sicilian cuisine.
In true Italian style, dishes are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. We let the seasons determine what we cook, taking advantage of all that Michigan farms and imported Italian products have to offer.
We source all our meats from Maxbauer Speciality Meat Market located in the heart of Old Town Traverse City.
"Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image in the soul.Sicily is the key to everything." (Goethe)
All natural

Much of the food people eat today is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. We provide a tasty, all-natural product that we believe will inspire our customers to become more aware of what they eat.


Check out this page for some of our up and coming events and celebrations!
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Opening hours:

Lunch: Monday - Saturday : 11am - 3pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Sunday Closed
Reservations are strongly encouraged
Buon Appetito e Salute!
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231 929 1960
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
800 Cottageview Dr.
Traverse City, MI