The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Eat & Drink, 2007. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run throughout October during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.
When it comes to dining out with the kids, OnMilwaukee.com readers say Buca di Beppo is the best place to do it. The crazy décor, tolerance for loud noise (thanks to the incessant Italian-American songs booming through the speakers) and energetic staff make it the perfect place for families to have fun without getting vibed by childless diners. Plus, with a menu dominated by pizza and noodles, what kid wouldn’t love to scarf at the super-spirited Buca?
The first Buca di Beppo opened in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building (hence the name; buca is Italian for hole that sometimes slangily describes a basement), and today, has 93 locations nationwide.
Seating is half the fun of being at Buca, with tables ranging from “the pope’s table” (a massive round table with a Lazy Susan in the middle) to a table smack-dab in the kitchen. The Italian entrees are served “family style” and are infamous for being exceptionally large.
Finally, the extra-tall beer and wine glasses have lots of moms and dads saying, “Now that’s amore!”
OnMilwaukee.com editor’s choice: Red Robin
2. The Chancery
3. StoneFire Pizza Co.
4. Organ Piper Pizza
5. Lakefront Palm Garden
6. Red Robin
9. La Fuente
10. Champps Americana
11. Highland House
12. Silver Spring House
13. Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie
14. Pizza Shuttle
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.