Tony balistreri


SALA Modern Sicilian Dining marks 15 years with Oct. 2 celebration

Published Sept. 6, 2016

One of Milwaukee's favorite Italian restaurants is celebrating 15 years in business. Siblings Tony and Teresa Balistreri opened Sala restaurant in 2001, with a commitment to serving Sicilian fare rooted in family tradition and fresh local ingredients.


Sala da Pranzo turns 10

Published Nov. 14, 2011

When Sala da Pranzo opened across from the UW-Milwaukee campus in 2001, it was a godsend for a neighborhood that, perhaps surprisingly, had few, if any, dining options beyond fast food. Sala da Pranzo turned 10 last month.


Brother and sister have the recipe for a successful restaurant

Published Jan. 17, 2011

When Tony and Teresa Balistreri and their five siblings were growing up in Washington County, the large family ate all of its meals in the kitchen. The Town of Erin home, a converted barn, did not have a dining room. Perhaps that familiarity with ovens and stoves played a role in Tony and Teresa's decision to go into the risky restaurant business.


Couple plants cars in yard

Published Oct. 11, 2004

Some folks stick whirling plastic flowers or gnome statues in their yards, but David Jones' and Tony Balistreri's taste in lawn ornaments veers from the path of convention. The couple has three cars "planted" in their front yard, including a 1930 Model A Roadster.