Bay View is a serious contender within Milwaukee's food scene. Whether you are looking for an option that is classic or something new and exciting, nowadays the South Side Bay View neighborhood has it all.
A Bay View neighborhood favorite takes the crown of best Italian.
There's no shortage of articles and television shows that showcase the dishes that chefs love to cook at their restaurants. But, what do they love to eat at the end of their exhausting 16-hour days? Or on their days off?
After losing the crown in 2015, Ristorante Bartolotta reclaimed its perch at the top of Milwaukee's Italian food heap last year. And if the 2017 results have anything to say about it, it doesn't look like it's letting go of that title anytime soon.
The '50s might seem like light years away, but, really, you can get there in under an hour, by checking out some of these classic dining spots - including some drive-ins with car hops - in Kenosha.
Mamma mia! It wasn't even close: Calderone Club ran away with the voting for Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant.
Even in a year full of surprises, OnMilwaukee.com readers have made sure the Italian cuisine crown stays put.
We're no strangers to Kenosha. We've been to the public museum, we've taken streetcar rides, we shop at Tenuta's. But we'd never seen the Dinosaur Discovery Museum before, so over the holiday break, I loaded the kids into the car and after the mandatory Tenuta's stop, we headed straight over.
Chris Tenuta is the third-generation owner of Tenuta's, 3203 52nd St., in Kenosha. The Italian food and liquor store was opened in 1950 by Chris' grandfather, John Tenuta, and remains a thriving family-owned business more than 60 years later.
For the fourth straight year, OnMilwaukee.com readers have chosen Ristorante Bartolotta in Tosa Village as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant.
OK, I'm not including the cost of gas or the coin I dropped at Tenuta's grocery store, but a trip to see the dinosaur eggs exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum and ride the streetcar loop cost me a total of 75 cents for three people.
It's family-owned, and like any family, it has its flaws. But like any well-intentioned member of the family, the new Tenuta's Italian restaurant is deserving of a little forgiveness and a second chance.
If like me, you usually bypass Kenosha on the way to Chicago, there's more than one good reason to head to the city's downtown. Ride the trolley, shop Tenuta's, see a mammoth skeleton, check out Mike Bjorn's!