By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Oct 08, 2018 at 6:01 PM

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Looks like Pizano's Pizza & Pasta waited for the perfect moment – during OnMilwaukee's Dining Month – to open the doors of its first Milwaukee location. But, wow, it's been a long time in coming.

It was November 2014 when Rudy Malnati Jr., owner of Pizano's, announced that he would open the first Wisconsin location of the popular Chicago pizza restaurant in the MSOE Tower Apartments, 1150 N. Water St.

From there, Milwaukee waited expectantly. And waited some more.

In March 2016, when construction activity appeared to be ramping up, Malnati assured us that plans for the pizza restaurant were still commencing. This past May, the restaurant reassured its prospective Milwaukee audience that it was, indeed, still coming.

And late today, the restaurant confirmed on social media that it is, indeed, opening. In fact, it will open its doors to the public tomorrow. Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.

The 8,500-square foot restaurant is expected to have capacity for over 250 guests at both tables and its full-service U-shaped bar. There will also be plenty of televisions for viewing sporting events, and (as it looks) localized sports-themed decor to match.  And yes, folks, there will be pizza.

For additional information on Pizano's, including a full menu, visit

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.