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Owners Dean Cannestra and Tina Conley have sold Divino Wine and Dine. New owners will keep it an Italian restaurant, says Cannestra.

Divino Wine & Dine has been sold and will close

Divino Wine and Dine, the Italian restaurant and pizzeria at 2315 N. Murray Ave., has been sold and the restaurant will close at the end of service on Jan. 31, according to owners Dean Cannestra and Tina Conley.

The restaurant opened in December 2012, replacing Palermo Villa, which Cannestra managed with his sister Kathy Mirenda, who owned the restaurant.

Palermo Villa had closed the previous July. Cannestra and Conley redecorated the restaurant but kept the menu – and thankfully, the pizza – mostly the same.

"The new owners (Peter Dietrich and Derek Nackers) will also be operating an Italian restaurant," Cannestra told me Sunday. "Their plan is to keep pizza on the menu, but they will be adding their own flair to the dinner menu, under a new name.

"This will be their first venture. They both have long resumes from the industry. It will continue as Italian cuisine, but a different style than ours. However, they will continue to serve the Palermo Villa pizza."

Palermo Villa was opened by the Falluca family, which now owns Palermo's Pizza, in 1970. Mirenda bought it in 1978.

Cannestra also owned Nessun Dorma in Riverwest, but sold it two years ago.

Stay tuned for more information on this East Side change.

In the meantime, I'm going to get over there to eat as much as possible of one my top Milwaukee pizzas before the changeover.


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