By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 25, 2022 at 11:02 AM

It’s more important than ever to support our local restaurants. And there’s no better way to do so than making a commitment to patronize them throughout the year. To guide you on your journey, I’ve composed a list of 52 restaurants (one for each week of 2022) that should be on your Milwaukee restaurant bucket list. View the full list here.

Ca’Lucchenzo
6030 W. North Ave., (414) 312-8968
calucchenzo.com
Italian
$$-$$$
Reservations highly recommended

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If you happen to be planning a night at the Times Cinema on the West Side during the Milwaukee Film Festival, consider rounding out your night with a bite from this treasure.

After all, you’ve truly never experienced housemade pasta until you’ve tried it at Ca’ Lucchenzo. The ever-changing menu pays homage to the regional dishes of Italy with offerings including antipasti, housemade pastas and seasonally appropriate entrees, including excellently prepared seafood.  The flavors are fresh and each dish is made with an attention to detail that truly sets Ca’Lucchenzo apart.

Currently, you can taste the season with pasta offerings like cannelloni agli asparagi e groviera (asparagus, leek and gruyere baked pasta, mushrooms, besciamella, parmigiano-reggiano) and Rigatoni con guanciale e piselli (ridged pasta tubes, guanciale, spring peas, mint, pecorino-romano). But don't overlook entrees like spigola en padella (roasted pacific striped bass, warm golden potato and wild bear garlic salad, broccoli rabe).

Recommended: Fonduta arancino is a delicious standard, but ask your server for what's seasonal and delicious; any of their housemade pastas; expertly prepared seafood

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.