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In Dining

The Minneapolis-based chain now boasts 87 locations in the United States, opening its first restaurant in 1993.

Milwaukee's best family-friendly restaurant, 2010: Buca di Beppo


The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2010. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

Just as they did last year (and the year before, for that matter), OnMilwaukee.com readers picked Buca as Milwaukee's most family-friendly restaurant. The chain Italian eatery features colorful decor, a lively atmosphere and "family style" meals that include kid favorites like pizza and spaghetti.

Because of the festive environment, dining with noisy kids is never a problem at Buca.

The Minneapolis-based chain now boasts 87 locations in the United States, opening its first restaurant in 1993. In 2008, Buca was acquired by Planet Hollywood, and Milwaukee remains its only Wisconsin restaurant.

Here, the popular restaurant dishes up Southern Italian cuisine. Highlights of the space include themed rooms where the walls are packed with photos and pictures, large drinks and portions, and a table for larger parties in the kitchen.

OnMilwaukee.com Editors' choice: Organ Piper Pizza

Runners-up:
2. Organ Piper Pizza
3. The Chancery
4. StoneFire Pizza Co.
5. Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
6. Red Robin
7. Riverfront Pizzeria
8. Fuddrucker's
9. Highland House
10. La Fuente
11. Conejito's
12. Champps Americana
13. Pizzeria Piccola
14. bd's Mongolian Barbeque
15. Pizza Shuttle


Talkbacks

GT | Oct. 11, 2010 at 4:45 p.m. (report)

Im pretty disappointed with this pick. It's not as if there aren't other "family style" restaurants in the area. The theme of Buca's is insultingly racist and has all the downside of chain restaurants - boring menu, crappy ingredients, bored staff. If that's what your family wants, then I feel sorry.

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Michael_P | Oct. 11, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. (report)

Always take the kids to Rio West Cantina since they have a playroom with chalkboard walls and plenty of toys. Easy to enjoy a meal & margarita while they're entertained. TIP: Skip the menu & order off the chalkboard specials. Some tasty stuff.

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