I am one of the many that participates in fantasy football leagues. One year, a league commissioner ordered pizza from Michaelangelo’s, at 8330 W. Puetz Rd in Franklin, for our draft party, and I enjoyed it enough to add it to my list.
Michaelangelo’s offers carry-out, delivery and dining service, so I decided to dine-in. Coming from the north toward Franklin, the GPS-recommended Hales Corners exit ramp was closed, so I exited at 84th Street from 894. I thought 84th Street would get me through Greendale and into Franklin. It doesn’t. Get to Highway 100 or 92nd Street. You’ve been warned.
When I arrived, I sat in the bar area, which was pretty quiet but had college football playing on a large LED TV. That would do nicely.
The bar looked new, a thought confirmed when I later learned that it was just opened in July. I’ll tell you more on that later.
Owner Dennis Rau started in the pizza business when he was in high school. Morning announcements during homeroom included a job announcement with Steverino’s Pizza on 27th and College. A classmate dared him to apply, so he did and ended up accepting a position as a delivery driver.
Steverino’s also had a Franklin location, and in 1981, Rau and a friend, whom were both invested in the business by this time, decided to trade in their investment for the recipes and equipment. Michaelangelo’s was born.
Rau purchased the former grocery store building housing the current location in 1991 and leased the other half of the building out to a business office and later a barbershop. Last December, he began the process of expanding by converting the barbershop space into a bar area with additional seating. That project was completed in July.
The dining room and bar were both very clean and well kept on my visit. Patrons were starting to arrive for the dinner rush, while others entered for carry-out orders. I don’t think the phone was silent more than 30 seconds at a time, so prime time had definitely arrived.…Read more...