The weekend is over and so begins the long wait for the next segment of freedom. In the words of Bob Geldof and the other Boomtown Rats, “I don't like Mondays /I want to shoot/The whole day down.”
One area option that will help you shoot the day down, beginning promptly at 7 a.m. – Angelo’s Café Vino (N88 W16521 Main St., Suite 100, Menomonee Falls).
The early morning hours offer coffee and minor breakfast items in the small café section of the building (this area also doubles as a store where you can purchase wine, beer and cheese). But the real action is next door in the large, window-lined and warehouse-ceilinged bar area where the cocktail menu springs to life each day at 4 p.m.
The décor is subtly modern, but very comfortable and open. The far wall has wood cut outs of people that may or may not be famous. One looks like Mick Jagger (it’s the lips), another looks like Alanis Morissette from the “Thank You” video and one even looks like Ronald Lacey (the face-melting Nazi from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark). They must be non-celebrity caricatures, really, who would want Ronald Lacey on his wall?
As you may be able to tell, regardless of your experience with the Italian language, Café Vino is a wine bar. The flavor selection is extensive, reasonably priced and leans heavily toward California vineyards, but there are definitely some quality wines from Italy, like the Tolloy Pinot Noir ($10 per glass, $40 per bottle). It’s a 2009, with complex flavors including balsamic and vanilla from aging in oak – a good accompaniment for both game meat and aged cheese. For you white wine drinkers, try the Brassfield Pinto Grigio ($9 per glass, $36 per bottle). It’s a medium-bodied wine with aromatics of passion fruit and plantains with a mineral element to give it a rich flavor – a great companion to foods with heat and spice.
For you non-winos, this is also a spot for beer junkies and cocktail nuts as well. Their beer list runs from Milwaukee, to Mexico, England, Italy and even Kenya – yes, Kenya. Tusker Lager ($5) pours yellow with a light head and is very crisp and refreshing with creamy notes of biscuit-y malt. From the island of Cyprus we have Keo Lager ($5). Keo is a light colored beer, similar to a pilsner, but it’s faintly sweet with a light and fruity finish. For the not-so-adventurous, there are the old standby’s running at $3.75 per glass, then the mid-range crew ($4.50) that includes your Point, Leinie’s, Blue Moon and Corona – among others. Then, you have the mid to high tiered, foreign beers that run at $5 per glass: Efes, Peroni, Harp, Newcastle, and more.
The martini selection leans sweet and luscious with a Cup Cake ‘Tini ($10) made with cupcake and vanilla vodkas, and the Whipped Cream Martini ($10), made with whipped cream and vanilla vodka topped with, well, whipped cream. For myself, I enjoyed the Super Dry Martini ($10) with the description “Grey Goose Vodka, glance at the vermouth bottle on the shelf, add ice, shake, garnish with an olive.” I noticed another couple just down the bar who requested their Super Dry Martinis be turned into Bloody Marys – some people can’t handle “Super.” Another option would have been their version of a dirty martini, the Naughty Angelo ‘Tini ($10), made with Level Vodka, a “ton of olive juice,” and a jalapeno olive.
If you plan accordingly, you can hit some cool events and discounts that will benefit your wallet and liven your evening. Monday includes ladies’ night and roaming drink specials; Tuesday is open mic night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday is classic movie and $7 martini night; Thursday includes buy one, get one burgers, Friday is Friday Night Live which includes live music from area musicians, and Saturday features half-off bottles of wine from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Angelo’s Café Vino is really a one-stop-shop for the drinker and the eater. It’s an all-day affair starting with coffee and ending with wine and ‘tinis. The food menu has specialty pizzas and a long list of burgers and sandwiches.
Why stop that weekend feeling of freedom on Sunday when you can eat, drink and play all week long?