By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Today’s the day. The Bartolotta Restaurants’ flagship restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, reopens today at 5:30 p.m. This marks the first dinner service since the restaurant closed in May to accommodate a special 25th Anniversary refresh.

Guests will note a variety of updates to the dining area. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the restaurant has a completely new kitchen.

At the moment, the menu remains unchanged. However, Executive Chef Juan Urbieta is planning to add many new traditional regional Italian specialties to the menu in late summer or early fall. The additions will expand the current menu, so loyal guests can rest assured that their favorites will remain available.

The restaurant will host a series of events in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. Visit for details.

Ristorante Bartolotta is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Watch OnMilwaukee for more on the updates next week.

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.