In what it sure to be good news for all those folks that complain there aren't enough breakfast options Downtown – it's something I hear pretty often – the Italian Community Center's Cafe La Scala restaurant will begin serving breakfast on Monday, Jan. 27.
The breakfast menu, which includes standard options like breakfast sandwiches, omelets, eggs, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, frittatas, a variety of sides and coffee, espresso and cappuccino, is served from 6 to 11 a.m., Mondays-Saturdays.
On Saturday a full bar will be available, too, serving up bloodys and mimosas.
"Breakfast places in the area seem to be scarce, so we decided to introduce another option to the community," said Gina Spang, president of the ICC. "We really want to cater to the local neighborhood and busy professionals who are looking for options for early morning meetings, a quick cup of coffee or a relaxing sit-down breakfast."
Cafe La Scala also adds a daily lunch buffet to its regular (and recently expanded) lunch menu, weekdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The themed buffet – Monday features Tex-Mex, Fridays is fish, etc. – is priced at $8.50.
Copious free parking is available in a lot directly behind the ICC, which is located at 631 E. Chicago St., in the Third Ward.
Menus, hours and more can be found here.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.