October is the third annual Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2009."
Il Mito Enoteca
6913 W. North Ave., (414) 443-1414
Although Il Mito started out in Walker's Point, it's really come into its own in Wauwatosa, where Chef Michael Feker serves lunch, dinner and brunch.
Next door is Feker's School of Culinary Magic, which offers classes, demonstrations and chef's table events at which Feker himself -- a great showman -- is the main attraction.
Price: Moderate. Special fixed-price menus can be a great deal.
When to go: Get there on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for brunch and sample the green eggs and ham or the breakfast cannelloni with spinach, artichokes, tomatoes and ricotta and layered with bechamel, tomato sauce and parmesan.
Il Mito's small bar is also a great place for a drink before or after a film at The Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse a few doors down the street.
Dress: Casual to dressy.
Don't miss: Be sure you take a moment to talk to Chef Michael Feker because Il Mito is all him. He loves to talk about food and wine and he's personable and fun.
Parking: Street parking isn't usually difficult. There is also a city lot across the street.
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.