Meet the New Mito
Thirteen years ago, Il Mito opened on Sixth and Virginia (in the space once occupied by the bar Virginia’s). It closed and reopened in Tosa in late 2006. In between, owner Michael Feker ran Los Mitos in a kiss-of-death location on Jefferson Street. Now burbing it alongside Cranky Al’s Bakery, the Rosebud Theater and Rocket Baby Bakery, the Tosa Il Mito Enoteca (6913 W. North Ave.) is no longer the only restaurant occupying Feker’s mind. He scooped up the old Osteria del Mondo digs in the Knickerbocker Hotel (1028 E. Juneau Ave.) to serve as the setting for Il Mito East, opening Monday, Feb. 18. Feker created a language of Feker-isms, referring to his fans as “Fekeroodies” and to himself as a “culinary ambassador.” He’s brimming with excitement over the new space, that’s for sure. At Il Mito East, he promises an “innovative gluten-free brunch,” as well as a regular menu of pizzas, panini, pastas and entrées like braised lamb shank with lima beans and dill risotto, chicken vesuvio, fresh fish of the day, and turkey scaloppini Marsala. Pastas and entrées $13.95-$21.95. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (414-271-1414)
The week of love is almost over, but hopefully there are still heart-shaped macarons and chocolate “bouchons” (pastries made with Valrhona chocolate, almond flour and candied orange peel) to be had at Le Reve Patisserie & Café (7610 Harwood Ave.). This weekend, anyway. On Monday, the Tosa restaurant will close for renovations. How long? A few weeks or more. To create more kitchen space, they are removing the old vaults left from when the space was a bank. The wood floors on the mezzanine will be replaced with tile flooring. And pulling out the vaults will open up the mezzanine a bit more. At least that's what they tell me. Get your pastries now. Hours this weekend: Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. (414-778-3333)
Month of Cocoa
So Valentine's Day is over. Sad? Don't be. All this month, the Marcus Restaurants are offering a dish that incorporates cocoa. Mason Street Grill (at the Pfister Hotel, 414-298-3131) has chocolate rum panna cotta. At Kilawat (InterContinental Milwaukee, 414-291-4793), it's chile-cinnamon rubbed buffalo steak with guajillo mole, posole and black bean succotash. And finally, Milwaukee ChopHouse (at the Hilton Milwaukee, 414-226-2467) is serving cocoa bean and Gruyere-crusted beef tenderloin with chocolate Shiraz reduction. Check them out through Feb. 28.
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