By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 03, 2021 at 11:02 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Ca’Lucchenzo opened its doors at 6030 W. North Ave. for the first time on May 15, 2019,  just nine months before the dining world was turned on end by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Just over two years later, the Wauwatosa restaurant is preparing to re-open for patio dining after one of the roughest 14 months in Milwaukee dining history. In fact, the restaurant will officially welcome its first guests for patio dining on Friday, June 4.

Guests who choose to dine at Ca’Lucchenzo will be treated to al fresco seating on their newly refreshed patio, which boasts new fencing, fresh paint, potted plants and a border of fresh, fragrant herbs which will be harvested for use in the restaurant’s kitchen.

They will also be treated to a fresh spring menu featuring seasonal antipasto like insalata di carciofi e fagioli (a salad of artichoke hearts, baby butter beans and arugula-pistachio pesto), fresh new pasta selections and delectable entrees like griddled wild alaskan halibut served with spring vegetables and baby yellow potatoes.

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“Our team will be wearing masks for at least the first week or so while we continue to determine what the best, safest path forward is for our team and our community,” says co-owner Sarah Baker, noting that guests are not required to wear masks while seated on the patio; but they are requested to wear masks upon arrival and when entering the building to use restrooms.

Baker says that, if all goes well, the main dining room and pasta counter at Ca’Lucchenzo is  expected to open sometime in July with a new HVAC system and comfortable new seating at the bar.

For now, Ca’Luchenzo will offer patio dining Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.