By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer 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

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

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