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Need Reservations Chef/author Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, is speaking at the Riverside Theater tonight (Jan. 22, 8 p.m.). Bourdain will talk travel and food, of course, and take questions from the audience. The two dinners in conjunction with this event (at Bacchus and Lake Park Bistro) are sold out, but […]

Need Reservations
Chef/author Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, is speaking at the Riverside Theater tonight (Jan. 22, 8 p.m.). Bourdain will talk travel and food, of course, and take questions from the audience. The two dinners in conjunction with this event (at Bacchus and Lake Park Bistro) are sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Riverside event. Go to riversidetheater.org/bourdain. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.)

La Mort de Pizza Man
East Siders in the North Avenue area woke up to an intense smell of burning on Tuesday morning. Most people probably know by now it was the fire that destroyed Pizza Man (1800 E. North Ave.) and adjacent businesses Cush Lounge, Grecian Delight and Black and White. The weird thing – for me, anyway – is I was just there for some ’za. The cavernous pizzeria – its dining room arrayed with booths trimmed in vintage barn board – won fans for its pizza and extensive by-the-glass wine selection. The pizza community mourns.


Round and Round
In reference to the above item, there is still pizza within a block or two of dear, departed Pizza Man. Palermo Villa is one (2315 N. Murray Ave.). But I’m really talking about Ian’s, which opened this past New Year’s Eve (2035 E. North Ave.). Ian’s – founded in Madison in 2001 – offers its pizza whole and by the slice, in options as straight-laced as cheese and sausage and as off-the-flow-chart as steak and French fry. The small joint starts delivering pizza at 5 p.m. each day. Call 414-797-9200. Open Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-bar time.

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Past Tense
Earlier this week, Agave Southwestern Grille (18380 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield) served its last pepita-crusted salmon. Agave is the second Pandl family-owned restaurant to bite the dust in recent months. Pandl’s in Bayside was the other casualty, last November.


Little Cakes
The woman who calls herself the Cupcake Queen – Sandy Ploy – lures bakers and eaters in vast numbers for her Iron Cupcake events. But so far, the “cupcake bakery” is not a Milwaukee entity. A shame, really. But this spring, that may change. Debbie Gale, who caters fresh-baked cupcakes with business partner Lynn Kobussen under the name Milwaukee Cupcake Company, hopes to have a storefront space for her business by May. Until then, you can order cupcakes through Gale’s Web site: milwaukeecupcakecompany.com. Her online menu lists a dozen varieties of cakes, all with Milwaukee names. The South Side is a cookie dough cupcake; The Brady Street is a mocha cake with chocolate-espresso frosting. Gale makes a dense dark chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting called The East Sider. Valentine’s Day creations include pink Champagne and Black Forest. You can order from Gale by e-mail: debbie@milwaukeecupcakecompany.com. Individual cupcakes retail for $2.75 each. However, there’s a discount if you order a dozen cupcakes: $30 (which is $2.50 per cupcake).


A ’Lotta Kimmel
A few days ago, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Bartolotta – the brother of Milwaukee restaurateur Joe and owner of Ristorante di Mare at Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel – performed a cooking demo with Kimmel and show guest Dax Shepard. Kimmel introduced Bartolotta as “the best chef to come out of Milwaukee since Arnold from ‘Happy Days.’ ” I really wish Kimmel had dispensed with the “Happy Days” cliché. At any rate, you can watch part of Bartolotta’s appearance in this YouTube clip.

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A New House
In Milwaukee Bartolotta news – or better put, Brookfield news – Mr. B’s: A Bartolotta Steakhouse is looking for new digs. It’s lived in the Colonial Williamsburg-esque Stonewood Village since opening 10 years ago (17700 W. Capitol Dr.). I can’t believe it’s been a decade. Hope to share more on this soon.


Comfort and Joy
When I’m not eating comfort food, I’m eating, well, comfort food. Yeah, it’s hard to get enough of it. The Capital Grille (310 W. Wisconsin Ave.), best known for its dry-aged steaks, is running a special classic comforts menu until Feb. 28. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea, though. The four-course $49 menu isn’t straightforward comfort food. These examples will give you a better idea: cup of tomato and fennel soup with miniature grilled mozzarella, prosciutto and basil sandwiches; Boston Bibb salad with Russian dressing; tournedos of beef Wellington; and carrot cake with ice cream and Evergreen cinnamon honey. That’s just a possibility. If it’s right up your alley, the next step is a reservation: 414-223-0600.



Don’t miss this week’s Shopaholic to learn about new stores and events in the world of local retail.


If you spot any restaurant openings or closings, don’t hesitate to post it on my column, or e-mail me directly: ann.christenson@milwaukeemagazine.com

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