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Madison-based Ian's Pizza is on its way to Milwaukee.

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Ian's new view at Prospect and North Avenues.

Ian's Pizza on its way to Milwaukee


UW grads know it well. And soon, Milwaukee will be introduced to the slices of Ian's Pizza.

"On Dec. 31 or New Year's Day, we'll open in Milwaukee," a contact at Ian's Pizza on State St. in Madison told me today. Ian's Pizza will lease space on North Avenue, across from Whole Foods Market and next to Subway and Bruegger's Bagel Bakery.

"We are coming to Milwaukee," Paul Guse, of Ian's Pizza, told me in an e-mail. "We'll be on the corner of North and Prospect. We are looking to open sometime in winter 2010. Possibly by the first of the year. Everyone here is really excited about it. We'll have more details about our plans in the next few weeks."

Founded in Madison in 2001, Ian's is an institution in Madtown with its unique slices and much buzzed about toppings like mac and cheese. It's a late night favorite, too, but it's open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch. Ian's has two Madison locations and one on Clark Street in Chicago.

I've never had Ian's, but here's a blogged review of its Wrigleyville location from Serious Eats.

Ironically, many have compared Milwaukee's Brick3 Pizza to Ian's Pizza. Rumors are that Brick3 also is searching for an East Side location. It would be Brick3's second Milwaukee area pizzeria.


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haaz | Oct. 18, 2009 at 10:52 a.m. (report)

While I agree that Ian's is one of the better pizza shops in Madison, that's about all I can agree with above. Granted, they're not Transfer, but it's not a bad thing to have some almost-locally owned business there on North Ave.

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BrewCityAllstar | Sept. 14, 2009 at 10:07 a.m. (report)

That is awesome! One of the only 3 good things in Madison is coming to Milwaukee. Now if Dottie's Dumpling Dowry and The Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival would relocate to Milwaukee, I'd have absolutely no reason to visit that God Awful Place. Terrible City, Really.

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Lucky_Lefty | Sept. 6, 2009 at 8:48 a.m. (report)

Love Ian's Pizza! The madison location is the best. Mac & Cheese, Taco, and Baked Potato pizza were the best!!!

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ChateauDweller | Sept. 4, 2009 at 9:21 a.m. (report)

This is very bittersweet. I always enjoyed the late night pizza, but it doesn't taste as good when it comes from a Michigan alumn!

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upofan | Sept. 4, 2009 at 7:25 a.m. (report)

YES!!!!!!!! Nothing like drunken Mac & Cheese or Philly Cheesesteak pizza. Now all we need is a Quaker Steak and Lube and I have no reason to go back to Madison

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