By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 27, 2022 at 11:02 AM

Join us on Saturday, July 23 for some lakeside munchies at the second annual OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest. Choose from a menu of 20 trucks and enjoy the live DJ, games and entertainment. It's the biggest gathering of the best food on four wheels.

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.

2315 N Murray Ave., (414) 797-1400

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When Tavolino opened, it had big shoes to fill; after all, they followed in the footsteps of a series of Italian restaurants which have occupied East Side space for about 50 years.

Nonetheless, they successfully forged through the challenges of the pandemic with a menu of memorable Italian dishes – from bites and salads to pasta, pizza and entrees – that are as beautiful as they are delicious. 

Highlights of their menu include seasonal dishes like sweet pea filled agnolotti with corn, mushrooms and pistachios, along with entrees like porchetta, the classic stuffed pork belly dish served up with fresh, bright gremolata.

Don't sleep on their pizza, which is based on a recipe passed on by the former owners and remains as delicious as ever.

Recommended: seasonal burrata, pasta; pesto pizza

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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.