Milwaukee's best Italian, 2010: Ristorante Bartolotta
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.
OnMilwaukee.com readers have spoken, again. As they have for the past two years, they have chosen Ristorante Bartolotta in Downtown Tosa as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant.
For more than a decade, Joe Bartolotta has run one of the most consistently great Italian restaurants in town. And thanks to head Chef Juan Urbieta, the menu has never gone stale.
Urbieta and his crew create great special menus, including ones that focus on the bounty of regional Italian cuisine, spotlighting the diversity of Italian cooking, as well as winemaker dinners that pair great wines with special menus. So, if you're looking for red-checkered tablecloths and 10 versions of spaghetti and meatballs, you'll have to go elsewhere.
If, on the other hand, you like seafood, polenta, risotto, a wine list worthy of exploration, warm and crusty bread, a comfortable atmosphere and an attentive, knowledgeable staff, Ristorante Bartolotta remains the place to go in Milwaukee for Italian food.
The OnMilwaukee.com editorial staff agrees and also picked Ristorante Bartolotta as its editors' choice.
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Ristorante Bartolotta
2. The Pasta Tree
tie. Osteria del Mondo
7. Calderone Club
8. Il Mito Enoteca
9. Louise's Trattoria
tie. Sala da Pranzo
13. Third Ward Caffe
I have yet to eat a good meal at Ristorante Bartolotta. Have given it a few tries, and it is overrated.
it always upsets me when reviewers on here do not give enough informartion. where are the addresses? that is so basic. what is a person to do? page thru a phone book?-- if one has a phone book?
older/wiser: I agree that Italian food does not have to be so expensive. I've had plenty of fantastic lower cost Italian dinners. $18 for an appetizer pasta is ridiculous.
older/wiser | Oct. 28, 2010 at 1:04 p.m. (report)
Great Italian food does not need to be so expensive. I was truly underwhelmed by the choices and order of best Italian. My personal favorites will have to remain a secret because anything suggested or even mentioned on the OMC comment section gets blasted and ridiculed. Obviously the condition of the vast majority of "dining out" budgets have improved. My own---not so much.
Zarletti definitely deserves to be in the top spot. I wonder how many voters have been to any of these restaurants in the past year. They're probably voting for Pasta Tree because they went there five years ago and it's the only one they recognize on the list. Personally, in categories I don't know much about like Best Indian Restaurant, I skipped. Vote for the place if you've been in the past year. Not on familiarity.
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