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“The Gold Standard of Italian Food”

Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 273 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Price range: $13 - $27
Cuisines: Seafood, Italian, Bar
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Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Come enjoy the Italian atmosphere at the Original Peppino's. You can still see the family working at this location: Mom loves greeting you and seating you at your table. Dad, the big flirt, loves to visit with all the customers. Be sure to stop in to Joe's Place, A Martini Bar. Happy Hour is available from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. Watch your favorite sporting events on one of several TV's. If you're lucky, you may even catch Peppino (Joe) mingling with the customers. PEPPINO'S EVENT CATERING Peppino's Catering specializes in great food & plenty of it! Whether you are having a business luncheon for twenty-five or a wedding reception for two hundred, Peppino's will do its best to make your event perfect and worry free. Our goal is to gain friends who will come see us in any of our locations, not only to cater your one time event, moreover to keep you coming back for more. (Please contact a store manager for questions and inquiries about our catering service)
SoCal
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“The Gold Standard of Italian Food”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've been eating at the original Peppino's on Rockfield for 30 years. I have tried almost every dish and have never been disappointed. In fact, this is the food that I compare to every meal I've tried in countless other Italian Eateries throughout the world. None of them compare to Peppino's.....it is that fantastic. My personal favorite is the Linguini Imperial with baby clams and diced shrimp but, if you want a real treat, try the Pizza. It's a gastronomic surprise that will make you happy-happy!

  • Visited May 2014
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Atlanta
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Spot”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

I've been told this is the oldest Peppino's location in Orange County. It's got a real homey. neighborhood feel to it. A friend and I dined later on a Saturday night. All I wanted was pasta with meatballs. I wasn't disappointed. To me, pasta is pasta for the most part. The meatballs were outstanding! Big and full of flavor. The menu is abundant when it comes to choices and the dinner tab won't break the bank. My friend and I each had a pasta meal with two glasses of wine each. The bill was $55 plus tip.

Kids? Perfect spot. Bring them along. Family get together. Perfect as well. Service was great. Our waitress was friendly and the food arrived promptly.

Visited May 2014
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Lake Forest, California
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“Mother's Day done right”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We visited the Foothill Ranch location for a mother's day dinner. Our party of 11 received excellent service from the server to the manager. Good food, large portions and family atmosphere made for a great night.

  • Visited May 2014
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Lake Forest, California
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“Nice place to eat”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

The atmosphere was pleasant as well as the great service and food. Most everything on the menu I have had one time or another and its all good. some of my favorites are New Zealand Mussels, Thin sausage and mushroom pizza, Lake Forest chicken wings and their chicken soup.

  • Visited March 2014
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The Villages, Florida
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“Excellent party trays”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

We used Peppinio's for a recent family reunion. They were very accommodating, food was generous portions, and best of all, they delivered. The food arrived promptly at the appointed time and was delicious as always.

  • Visited March 2014
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