The clock is ticking on Osteria del Mondo. Owner Marc Bianchini decided this spring to close the restaurant in its current location at 1028 E. Juneau Ave. and reopen elsewhere at a later date. Osteria has been in the space for nearly 17 years.
Sunday is the final day of business for the restaurant. It will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. through Friday, and then offer a special private event Saturday and a public fireworks party Sunday.
The private dinner, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception, is by invitation only. Bianchini is remaking his wedding dinner, minus the cake. He and his wife were married July 18, 1998.
The multi-course menu includes stuffed lobster, veal tenderloin and cookies and pastries flown in from Brooklyn.
Osteria is throwing a "Big Bang Party" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, a cash bar with drink specials and live music from Fat Pig. The buffet will feature Italian prime rib, shrimp scampi, chicken piccata, three pastas, salads and vegetables, and a dessert selection of gelato, cannoli and tiramisu. The price is $29 for adults and $10 for kids.
Specifics about the new Osteria del Mondo have yet to be announced. "We will be moving to a smaller, high-profile urban site to continue Osteria's tradition of excellence," Bianchini told OnMilwaukee's Jeff Sherman in April.
Don't expect to hear about the details for at least a year, the owner told me today.
olderwiser | July 4, 2011 at 10:21 a.m. (report)
I find it amusing that certain restaurants get uber attention at OMC and some of the best places remain a closely guarded secret. And I am not sharing those secrets. Good luck to the new venture, I am confident it will be successful.
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