Wolf in the House
The closing of Roots Restaurant and Cellar (1818 N. Hubbard St.) last month did not result in an abandoned Brewer's Hill building. Who likes an empty restaurant space? Work immediately began on Roots’ successor, whose name, just revealed to the masses, is Wolf Peach. Wolf Peach? According to press materials, the term “wolf peach” comes from a German word for tomato – wolfpfirsich. An interesting bit of trivia, to be sure. But is the menu German? Nein. The main dining room will house a 6,000-pound wood oven, which will dictate quite a bit of the “rustic European” cuisine. Executive chef Daniel Jacobs’ menu will feature small and large plates at “approachable” prices, he calls them. (A $23 rib eye is the highest priced item, he says.) There will be wood-fired pizzas (one is topped with leeks, fennel, scallions and lamb sausage), fresh fish and vegan options, meat dishes such as a bone-in breaded pork loin with charred radicchio, cider and caper brown butter. One of the small plates – a bone marrow spread – is pictured above. Nummy, right? The website doesn’t have a whole lot on it yet, but click here to check out what’s there. Projected opening date: Oct. 31.
’Za on the Block
Shorewood’s St. Robert School is across the street from City Market, which is down the block from… the new dine-in, carryout and delivery emporium Falbo Bros. Pizzeria (2213 E. Capitol Dr., 414-964-5560). Some of you will recognize the address as the one-time abode of Gianelli’s Pizza. Of course pies are the name of the game here – Falbo Bros. offers thin-crust, deep dish and stuffed. But the menu keeps going, to places like appetizers, (calamari, fried eggplant), flatbread sandwiches and hot subs, salads (Greek, crispy chicken) and pastas, including lasagna, smoky gnocchi and mushroom penne alfredo. Open for lunch and dinner. Delivery areas: south to North Avenue, west to I-43, east to Lake Michigan and north to Silver Spring Drive (and several blocks beyond).
Chili is a philanthropic thing. The proof? This Saturday’s 8th Annual Chili Cook Off is where restaurant folk come together to prove their chili mettle and turn the proceeds over to the Hunger Task Force. What you do is easy – show up, pay $10 admission (which gives you six chili samples), eat, and vote for a winner in various categories. Also happening: live music by 40 Thieves, and craft beer and liquor sampling. Oct. 13, noon-5 p.m. Where? Milwaukee Harley-Davidson (11310 W. Silver Spring Rd.). Tickets are available at the door and by calling 414-461-4444.
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