By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 11, 2009 at 7:05 AM

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on

It makes sense that readers picked Buca as Milwaukee’s most family-friendly restaurant. The chain Italian eatery features colorful decor, a lively atmosphere and "family style" meals that include kid favorites like pizza and spaghetti.

Because of the festive environment, dining with noisy kids is never a problem at Buca.

For more than a decade, Buca -- a chain with 87 restaurants in the United States -- has dished up Southern Italian cuisine to Milwaukee. Highlights of the space include themed rooms where the walls are packed with photos and pictures, large drinks and portions, and a table for larger parties in the kitchen.

Editors’ choice: Pizza Shuttle


2. The Chancery
3. StoneFire Pizza Co.
4. Organ Piper Pizza
5. Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
6. Red Robin
7. Fuddrucker’s
8. La Fuente
9. Pizzeria Piccola
10. Riverfront Pizza
11. bd’s Mongolian Barbeque
12. Conejito’s
13. Highland House
14. Champps Americana
15. Pizza Shuttle
16. Silver Spring House