Fixture Pizza Pub opened in July.
Fixture Pizza Pub opened in July.

In search of the perfect pizza: Fixture Pizza Pub

I don’t think I’ve ever written about a pizza place that was as new as Fixture Pizza Pub, which opened to the public on July 5 at 623 S. 2nd St.; but I attended their soft opening as a guest of a friend and was pleased with the food and service on that visit.

Some of the space was left empty for future use, but I walked around to explore a bit and ask questions, being the nosey blogger that I am. My friend introduced me to Jake Taylor, who co-owns Fixture with his brother Josh.

I asked my favorite question, "why pizza?" The answer was simply, "because who doesn’t love pizza?" Fair enough. I guess it’s the same reason OnMilwaukee gave me the green light on this idea for a blog.

Jake Taylor shared some of the ideas they have for the near and distant future, including in indoor bocce court. It likely won’t be regulation size for the available space, but I think it’s a better idea than putting in a video game. We have enough of those around town, don’t we?

I admired the design and décor and heard whispers that the work was done by Milwaukee’s 360 Designs, who were seated at the table behind me, so I walked over, interrupted them from the fun and relaxing time they were enjoying, and introduced myself. I put on my art and interior design expert face and asked what their inspiration was for the design. They totally bought it and actually answered my question.

They wanted to produce a classic look with a bit of industrial mixed in. The exposed brick walls and light fixtures hanging above the bar help with the industrial look, while the reclaimed wood from an old burned church and an impressive painting, by local artist Clive Promhows, combining colors that look faded with black and white images in the background help provide the classic look.

Booths and high top tables provide most of the seating and are supplemented by the stools along the bar. Speaking of the bar, there is a solid line-up of spirits, wine, craft beer and cocktails available, if you…