great traditional italian food, very nice service, favorite italian restaurant, truly horrible quality, hot warm, mediocre wine, mediocre food
Unbelievable wine list. Good food, charming room and the best wine list in town....so many Ca. Cabs from the 80's under $150 you will have a had time chossing....and these are not marked up like crazy, think what you would have paid for these in the 80's.....wine lovers paradise!
AMAZING FOOD AMAZING ATMOSPHERE. Last night a friend and I had dinner at Peppone. The food and service was just like I remembered it, Perfect! The wait staff is very knowledgeable of the menu and the wine list. The food alone speaks for itself! Their daily specials are incredible. If you want to have a very nice dinner, warm atmosphere and an enjoyable time go here! I don?t know what the person below me was talking about but I have to say this place has always been a superb dining experience. I have a feeling the person below me doesn?t know the difference between Ragu and ketchup!
WORST PLACE EVER!. This is the WORST restaurant I've been to in a long time -- and this comes from one of the world's biggest foodies! I am like the walking zagat guide and so, naturally I was excited to try this place. I first ordered the appetizer calamari - it comes SOGGY AND WARM; not crispy and hot. Come on, an italian restaurant that can't even make calamari right. I read about the filet mignon meatballs - TERRIBLE; they were dry and small. Go to Mulberry pizza in BH and you will get WAY better meatballs for a fraction of the price. UGH. The only thing good was the linguine special with king crab legs. Good, but since the whole experience was already ruined, I didn't enjoy. To make matters the WORST, the service was TERRRRRRRIBLE. This guy pretending to be italian didn't bring us the wine list or even acknowledge our presence until AFTER we already ate our appetizer - what the hell is that all about? Then he looked at me like I was crazy when I wanted to a decanter to let the wine breathe - a $150 bottle of wine needs to breathe. He didn't even bring or offer water - I asked him what the problem with the service was and he told me that I had to ASK for water; what the hellllll is that? I have to ASK for water? Is it just me or doesn't a waiter ask what kind of water you want as their first question? Anyway, I hate this place, am SO mad and frustrated, and hope this review helps you NOT go there. Too much hype for nothing but an expensive tab. Thanks for letting me vent.
My friend and I met at the bar first while waiting for a business associate. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine and asked the bartender (whom I believe to be related to the owner) to switch the tv station to the Laker game which had just started. He said it would have to wait till the 4th quarter as he was watching the Miami-Akron football game on ESPN and he had a bet on it! Turned out he was serious, as he gave the same reply to another gentleman who made the same request minutes later.
As I did not want to embarass my host, I did not say anything to the manager, but needless to say I was appalled.
As for the food, I order the cioppino which had been highly recommended. The sauce was very bland and it lacked shellfish, ordinary at best. My friend's veal cutlet was fair. Prices are very high. The two best attributes of this restaurant are an extensive, very fairly priced wine list, and very professional, attentive waiters. The atmosphere is old-time Italian, lovely, but very noisy.
PERHAPS THE WORST MEAL I'VE EVER HAD. This place actually used to be pretty good - many years ago. I've never felt more ripped off than for the dinner I had last night. Even at 1/3 the price (or for that matter, free), the taste and quality of the food was truly horrible. The osso bucco (lamb!??!) was actually served with some sort of BBQ sauce and a side of gnocchi (not fresh) swimming in the swill -- it was truly disgusting. My friend's veal piccata reminded me of something that would have been served at a hospital cafeteria, with side vegetables to match. To add insult to injury, it took about 40 minutes for our meals to arrive, accompanied by the waiter's excuse that the kitchen is too small with only six skillets. Was I on Candid Camera?
Good Hearty Italian Food. I'm no celebrity, and I get treated just fine at Peppone. The classics include Linguine Vongole (I prefer the white wine sauce but red sauce is good too), Linguine Pescadora (mixed seafood) and the Farfalle Chicken (bowtie pasta with a brown sauce). Their sausages are so tasty. Their wine list is amazing with a book of choices and reasonable prices (compared to other Italian restaurants). 1998 Opus $189?
Old-school Italian restaurant known for ritzy decor, friendly service and generous servings..
The tiny bar is packed with salivating would-be diners waiting for tables to open in the dark, cozy, wood-paneled dining area. Dozens of hanging stained-glass lamps illuminate the happy couples and groups crowded into red-leather banquettes at this clubby Italian gem. While not trendy, Peppone's gets its share of celebrity diners. Traditional pastas feature hearty red sauces over al dente noodles. Secondi options include a plethora of fish, lobster and beef.
Don't waste your money-living on a reputation that is poor excuse for what was once a fine establishment.
This USED to be an excellent restaurant. Sadly, it is at best mediocre. I have patronized this place over the past 20 years. The service-terrible-the waiter made the evening aggravating. I ordered lobster-$70 ala carte. They boast you can have it ANY way you would like!. I asked for my dish three very basic ways. Each time, I was told, We don't make it that way. It came down to- you have these 4 choices. THAT IS NOT ANY WAY!!. I asked it to be cooked medium rare. It wasn't. TO make matters worse, it was not live maine lobster-but some frozen variety! Damn pricey! I ordered carpaccio- they don't serve it with any toast, or shaved parmesan. I took a lot of discussion to get them to understand taking out a cheese grater isn't adequate.
My companion had a New York "prime" steak... again $40 ala carte. It was of such poor quality, she took the bulk of it home to give to her dog. It's sad to see a once great establishment deteriorate into a 3rd class joint-that charges 1st class prices. I have had far superior meals and service for well less than the $400+
spent on this garbage. The maitre d' offered little more than apologies. Don't waste your time. You can go
just around the corner to the Brentwood and avail yourself of a real 1st class meal and 1st class personnel.
The only thing they didn't screw up was the champagne. Then, that only required that they remove the cork-
Otherwise, I have little doubt they would have ruined a fine bottle of Dom Perignon too.
In conclusion, I am sure the champagne was a significant aid in tolerating a shameful dining experience.
Other LA Italian restaurants do it SOOOO much better. Waited 30 minutes, head waiter cared more about Rob Schneider one table over than giving us a menu. Food was preety basic italian, not inspired.
Doesn't get better than this.
My favorite place hands-down. If you have visited Northern Italy or ever wanted to experience its authentic food, this is your place. Everything on and off the menu is excellent and I recommend that you ask one of the waiters for his favorite dish since most have worked there for around 30 years.
There is a big secret to this place which keeps locals coming back on a weekly basis.
Also, if you relate to the negative reviews, please do not bother coming or coming back; for the few times I visit LA now, the last thing I want is to share this special place with ungratfulbasts.
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