After many decades on the East Side â€“ it's not a stretch to call the restaurant at 2315 N. Murray Ave., an institution â€“ Palermo Villa is closing, according to owner Kathy Mirenda.
"Palermo Villa Restaurant, on Murray Avenue, has closed its doors," said Mirenda in an e-mail. "For 34 years we have been serving our traditional, classic Italian cuisine and pizza.
"Our long-standing clientele has considered us the place that never changes, and we have always thought that to be a compliment. It has become evident that we can no longer do business as usual. We are closing during these difficult economic times in hopes to recreate and reopen in the future. To all our loyal customers and friends, we thank you for your support and patronage these many years."
Mirenda is working with her brother Dean Cannestra â€“ long an employee of the restaurant, before opening Nessun Dorma in Riverwest and the now-closed Libiamo in Schlitz Park â€“ to investigate the possibility of reopening.
The closing hits home for me. My wife and I ate at Palermo Villa on our wedding day and returned every year to celebrate our anniversary. Luckily, we squeezed in one last visit in June to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
In the past few days there was a sign on the door saying the restaurant was closed for vacation. That sign is no longer hanging.
Palermo Villa opened in 1969 under the ownership of the Fallucca family that now owns Palermo's Pizza.
I hope they reopen, the food & service were always great. I'm going to toss out the former Osteria del Mondo location in the Knickerbocker Hotel as a good space. The Knick restaurant looks to be doing well next-door, they seem to be a similiar price point, although a different food focus.
Either way, they would do well in that area... probably would keep many of their existing customers too.
that's kind of sad. my wife and I went there on our first date 11 years ago.
4 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published Sept. 30, 2016
Today, the city began accepting requests for proposals for developments on the Wisconsin Avenue site between 4th and 5th Streets that has long been a surface parking lot. I want to know what you'd like to see in this long-underutilized, high-profile Downtown space.
Published Sept. 30, 2016
While it's true that Bradley Tech High School, 700 S. 4th St., in Walker's Point has been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent years, there have also been many positive developments there. See for yourself at Tuesday's open house, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Published Sept. 29, 2016
It's been four years since LEGO KidsFest has been to Milwaukee, and during that time, the LEGO craze has grown and grown. The event is back in town and we caught up with master model-builder Chris Steininger to find out what we can expect to find at KidsFest.
Published Sept. 27, 2016
Driving past, you might not really notice the changes at the Elite Sports Club-River Glen, 2001 W. Good Hope Rd., in Glendale, which was built as Le Club in 1972 and purchased by Elite in 2012. But on the inside, it seems that everything is changing.
Published Sept. 26, 2016
You know the old saying, "it takes a village." Well, that village is what's currently fueling the Milwaukee Public Museum's push to get its vast collections digitized and online. That and some funding from grants, too, of course.
Published Sept. 26, 2016
One of the oldest watering holes in the city, the White House, 2900 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is celebrating its 125th birthday on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2 with drink specials, games, raffles, food and more, as well as a food drive for Hunger Task Force.
Published Sept. 22, 2016
There was a time when removing a building was a dramatic affair: buildings imploded with a boom or were pounded by a wrecking ball. These days, thankfully, there's a growing approach that seeks to keep as much waste out of landfills and reuse and recycle as much material as possible.
Published Sept. 21, 2016
Did you know Milwaukee Public Schools has what might be the largest group of public Montessori schools in the world? Now, led by school board member Tati Joseph, there's a push to add a new South Side dual-language program to that group.
Published Sept. 20, 2016
Even in a neighborhood full of vintage architecture, there's no mistaking it. The Italianate Cream City Brick building at 1704 N. 4th St. looks old. If the area has had a long, varied history (and it has), then Baasen House is perfectly at home here.
Published Sept. 18, 2016
There's no better way to get a peek inside Milwaukee's most interesting - and often most historic - sites, many of them typically off limits to the public, than Historic Milwaukee Inc.'s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event. Here are 10 must-see sites.