By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 08, 2022 at 9:01 AM

On this week’s podcast, we’re sitting down with Sarah and Zak Baker, the husband and wife team behind Ca’Lucchenzo Pastificio & Enoteca, a West Side mecca for housemade pasta and regional Italian dishes.

During our chat, they share their culinary journeys, from inaugural jobs like Starbucks barista and Door County busser to their current roles as restaurateurs. Along the way, they share stories from their time with the Bartolotta Restaurant Group where they met, trained and fell in love; their work as consultants to revive the Pizza Man brand; and the background behind their long-held dream of owning and operating their own restaurant.


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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.