By Maureen Post Special to Published Jan 08, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Pastiche Bistro and Wine Bar, set to open at the end of January at 3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will feature a menu packed with Mediterranean  -- southern French, Italian and Spanish, to be specific -- specialties.

"I was trained in French food and I always come back to French because that’s what I love. My style is not as elaborate as it was when I first started out; I’m more simplistic. I fell in love with French country cooking; it goes great with wine," Chef Michael Engel says.

Engel, who is the sole owner of Pastiche and was formerly executive chef at Hotel Metro, started working with a development team on remodeling the building in June 2009.

"I saw the space and loved it. I have some family history on this street; my dad grew up just several houses down from here. So, it was a great fit," Engel says.

Pastiche plans to serve dinner Monday through Saturday with special happy hour deals and an extensive wine list. The entrees will range from $12 to $25 and be followed by homemade desserts.

"This is going to be a traditional French bistro focused mainly on French fare. I wanted some room to move into Spanish and Italian foods, largely because we are going to have several wines from those countries and I really think Spanish wine goes best with Spanish food. But, mainly, we are going to have simple French food," Engel says.

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Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

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