great traditional italian food, very nice service, favorite italian restaurant, truly horrible quality, hot warm, mediocre wine, mediocre food
User review by ginnylovesfood. The food was pretty good, but way overpriced for what it is. There are better restaurants with a better atmosphere, food, and value. The service was very attentive, but almost to the point of being annoyed. It's like they are constantly watching you. I don't regret going, but we won't be going back.
What happened?. My husband and I went here for dinner and we were completely taken back by the rude hostess and the mediocre yet pricey food. We felt VERY rushed as if they needed our table for someone else. We were disgusted when our server left a cart of other patron's dirty dishes practically right on top of our table. I've heard a lot of good things about this place and thought we'd give it a try but I'm sorry to say that the service, the food and the expected politeness do NOT stand up to the rave reviews. Hopefully, it was just an off night but I won't be going back to find out.
Did I go on an off day?. This restaurant seems to have gotten very good reviews, but when I went, the food was about the equivalent of Denny's. I ordered a very simple spaghetti, and my friend a fettucini dish of some sort. The noodles were overcooked and soggy, and the sauce tasted like it was straight out of a jar of Ragu. My friend thought his food was merely mediocre. The wine was also mediocre. The atmosphere was stale and boring (not even snobby stuffy - more like a senior center). The service was very nice, but I dine out for both food and service, and I would never go back to this place again.
Real Italian Italian food.
Peppone's is the real deal. The food is the same if not better than the top restaurants in Italy and NYC. The pasta is top notch especially the handmade gnocchi that mealt in your mouth The fish is fresh and fabulous, especailly if you get it "Sicily style" with red sauce.
The calamari steak is out of this world as are the filet migion meatballs as well as every veal dish on the menu. No other Italain joint in LA can come close to Peppone's food.
The patrons are mostly regulars but the staff, especailly Tracey, make everyone feel welcome. Everything about this place is very real from the food, to the servers(who actaully seem like they are having a good time) to the patrons who eat and hang out for hours in these great maroon booths.
Mamma Mia, this food is delicioso!. From the incredibly extensive wine list to the vigilant service staff to the scampi that had my taste buds doing a happy dance, Peppone's is hands down one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. The food here is unsurpassed anywhere - not even in Italy could I find such attention to detail - garden fresh spices, vine ripened tomatoes, the perfect amounts of wine and the freshest imported cheeses. I don't work there, I'm just a fan. You'll LOVE it!!
One of my favorites in the US.
Terrific traditional Italian food, great staff, class (mostly) regular customers, and my favorite Italian restaurant in SoCal. Have Rudy at the bar make you something special while you wait or have his "funny coffee" with dessert.
The staff has been known to "customize" dishes from the menu for polite, respectful customers. If there is a better wine selection anywhere in LA, let me know.
Due to the "weight" of the food and the ambience, customers hang around for quite a while. Go very early or make a reservation. Even the Madonnas of the world wait on line to get a booth at Peppone. I have been known to fly to LA just to eat there.
Only the Serious Get the Best!!!.
There is no Better Italian food outside of Italy.
There is no question that the chef and staff know exactly what their customers want, and they're not afriad to make you wait for it. However, if you have a cult like addiction to italian food (and god knows I do!), there's no restaurant better than Peppone. The size of the portions, quality of the ingredients, friendly and attanetvive staff, and stiff cocktails are just some of the positives. But to truly appreciate the magnificence of this resuarnate you must try it yourself. Make sure you make a reservation a few days in adavance, and be prepared to wait a little while before sitting down. Everyone who eats at Peppone attempts to make there meals drag out (up to 4 hours in some occasions), but once you try the food you will see why no one wants to leave!
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