Bartolotta chefs return to the Beard House
James Beard Award-winning Chef Adam Siegel will return to the James Beard House in New York City Jan. 23.
In search of the perfect pizza: Benny's
My dad has a friend who owns a bar a few blocks south of Lincoln on 13th Street. When he is in town, I occasionally join him there for a beverage or two. On my way there, I've passed Benny's Pizza, 1102 W. Lincoln Ave. There were always customers there, so I figured it may be worth a visit.
Sanford changes hands
Sanford (Sandy) and Angie D'Amato sold their award-winning restaurant, Sanford, plus the family building in which it resides, to their Chef de Cuisine, Justin Aprahamian.
First Look: Stone Creek Coffee "Factory"
Stone Creek Coffee's Downtown "Factory," 422 N. 5th St., opens Saturday, Dec. 1 after a 10-month renovation project. Here's a sneak peek of the space undergoing finishing touches.
In search of the perfect pizza: Cataro's Italian Villa
Beloit Road is one of the alternate routes I like to take between the southwest suburbs and Downtown during rush hour. Cataro's Italian Villa, 5641 W. Beloit Rd., is one of the establishments I've discovered on that road.
First Look: Turner Hall Restaurant
The BMO Harris Bradley Center announced today that the newly renovated Turner Hall Restaurant will reopen to the public on Friday, Nov. 30. We stopped by for a sneak peek.
New Calderone Club opening in Shorewood
Al Calderone Club will open in January at 4475 N. Oakland Ave. It will feature pizza carry out and delivery and seating inside a new development that's steps away from Alterra Coffee and nearly across the street from the Village Pub. Owner Carmelo Fazzari is seeking a conditional use permit Tuesday at the Plan Commission in Shorewod.
Palms Bistro to become Bourbon & Tunns Tavern
We've wondered what's going on at Palms Bistro, 221 N. Broadway, and finally, the owners announced there will be a name and concept change at the Third Ward bar and eatery.
In search of the perfect pizza: Aldo's Pizza and Pub
After visiting a client in Germantown, I drove past a strip mall and noticed a sign with "Aldo's" on it. My mind immediately flashed back to my childhood and wondered if this place was related in any way to the Aldo's I enjoyed in Riverwest many moons ago. I vowed to return, and around six months later, I did.
Buckley's story is pure small-town Milwaukee
We all know that Milwaukee has hopes of growing and becoming a major metropolitan center. But as we think of things to sell, we may well want to consider what a small town this city is. The truth was driven home over the weekend when my wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Buckley's, a great restaurant on Cass Street Downtown.
New Brazilian steakhouse opening Downtown
According to a sign on the door, Rodizio Grill will open in Milwaukee at 777 N. Water St. - the former Sabor space - on Thursday, Dec. 6. The chain of Brazilian steakhouses features 11 other restaurants, but this is the first Wisconsin-based location.
Il Mito's Feker expands to the East Side
Chef Michael Feker, owner of Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca, will soon open a new restaurant at 1028 E. Juneau Ave., on Milwaukee's East Side.
Pizza Man owner says a new location is almost a done deal
Today, I received a cryptic press release announcing that Mike Amidzich, owner of Pizza Man, signed a letter of intent to lease property for a new location. C'mon, Pizza Man, let's do this!
In search of the perfect pizza: Marco's Pizza
Marco's "World Famous" Pizza, 6234 S. 27th St., started in 1959. The first time I noticed Marco's Pizza was over 10 years ago, when I used to shoot pool at Romine's. One of my best friends lives near the South 27th Street location and orders from them often. He's a big fan of the sauce and recommended I give their pizza a try.
Red Dot owners have big plans for Shepherd's in Tosa space
Claudia and Marty Beaudoin, owners of Red Dot, 2498 N. Bartlett Ave., plan to open a "casual dining establishment" in the former Shepherd's in Tosa space, 6715 W. North Ave.
On second thought...
I want to clear up something I wrote in a recent blog. I asked OnMilwaukee.com to take it down, but they told me that we don't rewrite history, that once it's out there, it's out there. So, instead, I offer this.
A rare, disappointing meal at Eddie Martini's
Eddie Martini's has long been one of my favorite special-occasion restaurants. It has always featured great steaks, wonderful atmosphere and service that I think is unmatched in this city. That's why I'm so surprised at the dinner I had there Friday night.
Finding fish - and more - at The Eatery on Farwell
The kitchen at The Eatery on Farwell, 2014 N. Farwell Ave., has such long hours that it can really boast something for almost everyone, and at almost any time of day. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I stopped in on a Friday, of course, so I could try the fish fry.
Anodyne plans to open roasting facility, cafe in Walker's Point
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., currently at 2920 S. Kinnickinnnic Ave., in Bay View, plans to move its roasting facility and open a second cafe in Walker's Point.
Another Outpost Natural Foods?
It's not a done deal, but it looks like Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will expand into Mequon at the northeast corner of Mequon and Wauwatosa Roads.
Milwaukee Public Market gets a new market and a new bear
Yesterday was a big day for the Milwaukee Public Market. Nehring's Family Market, featuring a sit-down tavern, opened in the old Rupena's space and the Grand Avenue "tightrope bear" moved in.
In search of the perfect pizza: Mini's
When I need to get Downtown from Brown Deer after work without risking congestion on I-43, I like taking Highway 57 and following it onto Green Bay Avenue. Traffic moves well, and I get to find different places to eat like Mini's, 6343 N. Green Bay Ave. The "homemade pizza" sign got my attention. It always does.
Port of Call shows its hometown pride
If Byron Kilbourn is going to watch me eat lunch, I wish he'd at least try to look a little happier. Amid the maritime decor adorning the interior of Port of Call Bistro and Beer Garden, 106 W. Wells St., hangs a stern portrait of Kilbourn, who founded his Kilbourntown west of the river. His face reminds us we're in HIS Milwaukee and the menu at Port of Call keeps reminding diners they're in Brew City, too.
Tazinos is open Downtown
St. Francis-based Tazinos opened its fourth location today in the City Center 735 building at 735 N. Water St., and by 11:30 a.m., the place was hopping, with a line of customers snaking out the door and into the City Center lobby.
Caterina's celebrates 30 years
Italian fine dining mainstay Caterina's Ristorante, 9104 W. Oklahoma Ave., marks its 30th anniversary with specials throughout the month of November.