By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published May 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM

This warms my Milwaukee heart. 

Not only am I a Bucks and an NBA fan, one of my favorite restaurants in the area is the Calderone Club in Downtown Milwaukee. So both Milwaukee and Calderone getting some love this week from a national publication makes me smile. 

Family-owned and operated, the Calderone Club – run by chef and owner Gino Fazzari and his crew – make the best pizza around and serve amazing Italian dishes. It’s a great place – and even better during the NBA season as it’s a favorite for fans, players and refs. Apparently for recently retired ref Joey Crawford in particular, who incidentally I went as for Halloween a few years ago. Yep, I’m that goony. 

Anyways, Crawford’s a living legend and a big personality who loved the game and the Association. He also loved Milwaukee and Calderone, as you’ll see in this Bleacher Report story.  

Here's the pull out questions that BR asked Crawford:

Thanks for the love, Joey, and thanks for the memories. We’ll welcome you back to Milwaukee any time. And please know that there’s always a spot at the Calderone bar for you too.

Hat tip to Paul Henning for sharing this story with me.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.