By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Thanks to SSP America and its strategy of collaborating with local businesses, the food and coffee options at Mitchell International have never been better. The latest step forward – a Pizzeria Piccola in Concourse C – is again fruit of SSP's partnership with The Bartolotta Restaurants group.

Four million Air Canada, Air Tran, American Eagle and US Airways Express passengers – many of them potentially hungry – pass through Concourse C each year.

"We are thrilled to continue to build our partnership with The Bartolotta Group and General Mitchell Airport to provide authentic cuisine that accurately portrays the taste of Milwaukee to our traveling customers, said SSP America president and CEO, Les Cappetta, in a statement.

"Pizzeria Piccola will serve as a great addition to our existing restaurants."

Among those restaurants are a Northpoint custard and burgers and Nonna Bartolotta's sit-down Italian restaurant. SSP also partners with Alterra Coffee on three coffee kiosks.

"We are excited to open a third Bartolotta venue at Mitchell International Airport and hope our venues provide a positive message and experience for travelers coming in to the city of Milwaukee," said Joe Bartolotta.

"Additionally, we are proud to have a strong partnership between Milwaukee County and SSP America."

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.