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If you're looking for red-checkered tablecloths and 10 versions of spaghetti and meatballs, you'll have to go elsewhere.

Milwaukee's best Italian, 2013


For the seventh straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2013.

Once again, OnMilwaukee.com readers have chosen Ristorante Bartolotta in Tosa Village as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant. That makes six in a row for this Bartolotta gem.

Though Bartolotta's has branched out into steaks, seafood, French food, gastropubs and beyond, Ristorante Bartolotta has been there from the beginning. For nearly two decades, Joe Bartolotta has run one of the most consistently great Italian restaurants in town.

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. (Did we mention it's truffle season?)

OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Ristorante Bartolotta

Runners-up:

2. Calderone Club

3. Tenuta's

4. The Pasta Tree

5. Zarletti


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Crew_Dat | Oct. 25, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. (report)

Sad that Sala didn't make the top 5 votes -

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TosaJim | Oct. 25, 2013 at 1:20 p.m. (report)

My favorite restaurant in all of Milwaukee! And the staff is excellent too. Gets a little loud and a little cramped...but all worth it.

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