Pepper's Italian Restaurant is a quaint, casual dining destination for anyone craving a few complex carbohydrates. Their menu is comprised of simple, tasty Italian dishes priced right. Meals are served up quickly in a "no fuss" fashion and the relaxed atmosphere will have any newcomer returning for more. Each table is accented with a melted candle perched in an empty Chianti bottle while picturesque images of Italy cover the walls. You may hear owner, Louise La Valle, calling out to her regulars as they arrive in anticipation of their next meal. Their cozy dining room seats approximately thirty. Small parties are suggested here, although it is possible to arrange the tables to accommodate parties of six or more.

If you are in the mood for a pizza, the pie is a wonderful choice. We believe Pepper's offers one of the best in town. Go with your usual toppings or try their White Pizza (garlic, tomato, cheese, onion and banana peppers); you will not be disappointed. For dinner entrees, we recommend the Veal Parmesan, Chicken Picatta or the Lasagna. Hot rolls and a dinner salad accompany most entrées. Ice water is served promptly when you are seated and a fair selection of beer and wine are available. Wine is available by the glass, carafe or bottle. The average entrée costs is priced at about eleven dollars, which is very reasonable for the portion served. For dessert, try a cannolli smothered with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar - it makes for a fantastic finish.

Pepper's has been serving up Italian food in Lakewood since 1999. The La Valle family; including matriarch Louise, her daughter Denise, and sons Frank and Mark all share the duties of running this establishment. After ten successful years of running the Cleveland Café, the family had something smaller in mind for their next pursuit. When the ideal space came up for lease, Pepper's Restaurant opened its doors. Pepper's is located in Lakewood on the southeast corner of Detroit and Ridgewood at 12401 Detroit Avenue. Look for the striped green and white awning. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:30. For carryout call 216-226-6191. Both Friday and Saturday evenings draw a crowd, so don't be put off if you encounter a short wait.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 08.49 AM / 15th November 2005.