By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 24, 2019 at 5:20 PM

A funeral service has been planned for Joe Bartolotta, president and co-founder of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, who passed away this week at the age of 60.

The service will be held on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave.

In homage to Bartolotta's bright disposition, the family has requested that guests avoid black attire for the service.

In an effort to minimize distractions at the funeral, the family requests that no photography, videotaping or recording of any kind on any device (including cell phones) take place inside The Riverside Theater.

The entire event will be live streamed through The Bartolotta Restaurants’ Facebook page:

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The Italian Community Center, Discovery World or the Wisconsin Humane Society.

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.