By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM

It was November 2014 when Rudy Malnati Jr., owner of Pizano's, announced that it would open its 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.

Since then, nearly two years have passed. Along the way, we’ve been toldd that the project is moving forward, though work has been apparent only in spurts.

But yesterday, social media gave the city a burst of pizza-filled hope.

We extended a call to the restaurant’s corporate headquarters late yesterday, but haven’t received a response … yet.

Watch OnMilwaukee for additional information as it becomes available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.