10 game-changing restaurant openings of 2015

Published Dec. 28, 2015

Milwaukee has been blessed with numerous restaurant openings. But, here's a of spots that opened in 2015 that have made a dent in the city's journey toward becoming a city filled with world-class cuisine.


First Look: Giovanni's

Published Oct. 30, 2015

The much loved Italian restaurant is back; and a first look indicates it is as delicious as ever.


New Giovanni's can match food but not the mob dreamer who ran the old one

Published Oct. 22, 2015

As Jeff Sherman and Lori Friedrich have reported, Giovanni's restaurant, once the best place for a veal chop in Milwaukee, is going to reopen on Old World 3rd Street. I have great hope that it can capture the magic way with food that the old place, located at Van Buren and Brady Streets, had. But no matter how good the food is, it won't be the same without Max Adonis.


9 long-gone drive-ins, actor hangouts and Mafia restaurants

Published Oct. 8, 2015

Back when I was a millennial, well before the millennium, dining out was not nearly the adventure it is now. There are so many more options now, so much food that is healthier, such a variety of cost points and so many different ethnic offerings that it sometimes makes it difficult to consider where you want to eat. But half a century ago, when I was but a callow youth, there were places where I was part of the devoted following. Here are nine of those places.


Tutto and Notte morph into Giovanni's and Comedy Cafe

Published May 15, 2015

Tutto Restaurant, 1033 N. Old World 3rd St., will soon reopen as Giovanni's Restaurant and second-floor night club, Notte Night Lounge, will house the Comedy Cafe, currently on Brady Street. The changes will take place this summer.


Wing Zone coming to Milwaukee

Published July 23, 2008

The takeout / delivery chain Wing Zone has more than 120 franchise locations. It adds a Milwaukee outlet soon.


Tutto strikes balance between sports bar and upscale Italian dining

Published March 17, 2008

When the Safina family opened Tutto, 1033 N. Old World 3rd St., in October 2007, some of the recipes and familiar faces of Giovanni's reemerged in a more contemporary environment with a much lower price point, while still maintaining high quality food and service.


Giovanni's family prepares Tutto for Old World 3rd Street

Published July 27, 2007

Tutto, (pronounced TOO-toe) meaning “everything” in Italian, is set to open in early fall at 1033 N. Old World 3rd St. It’s a return to the Milwaukee dining scene for the “Giovanni's” family.