Glori’s Days Just a few more days – Thursday, Dec. 2, to be exact – and Glorioso’s will be answering to the new address tune of 1011 E. Brady St. That’s across the street from the Italian market’s old digs (1020 E. Brady). Michael Glorioso, co-manager and son of 80-year-old Teddy, says the new space […]
Just a few more days – Thursday, Dec. 2, to be exact – and Glorioso’s will be answering to the new address tune of 1011 E. Brady St. That’s across the street from the Italian market’s old digs (1020 E. Brady). Michael Glorioso, co-manager and son of 80-year-old Teddy, says the new space will feel like the old, in the sense of having pieces from the old storefront on display. The original cash registers, scales, wooden crates, family photos, sausage makers. The “new space” is the former Astor Theatre, built in the early 1900s. The historic theme incorporates more than Brady Street. There are old photos of the Italian Third Ward, Commission Row, and the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church (a.k.a., the Little Pink Church). As for the shopping experience, everything is about “bigger.” The old store was 3,000 square feet. The new one offers 10,000 square feet, including a cafe, coffee/espresso bar, an expanded bakery, and a sizable wine, beer and spirits department. The cheese selection? Four times bigger than before, says Michael. The deli will have homemade soups, Italian rotisserie chickens, pasta entrées, lasagnas, calzones, stratas, panini and a breakfast menu. The other prepared-food news is that there will be pizza – Trio’s Pizza. Trio’s was one of the city’s first pizza places and reportedly the first delivery pizza joint in Milwaukee. Michael says they’ll start with basic varieties of the thin-crust pies and perhaps expand the offerings over time. Again, first day at the new address is Dec. 2. Weekday hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (extended hours on weekends)
A Dawg’s Life
David Ross attended Hot Dog University where he earned his Ph.D – “professor of hot dogs.” About a year ago, the Chicago native opened Dr. Dawg in Manitowoc, Wis. But that’s two hours from here, so who cares? Ross recently did the inevitable – opened a branch of Dr. Dawg in Milwaukee, at the Glendale Market (6969 N. Port Washington Rd., 414-540-0400). The “professor” seems passionate about the dawg, which is 100-percent Vienna beef, offered Chicago style (solo, with fries or “da big” 12-inch: $2.99-$5.49). He offers a chili dog, cheese dog, 100-percent beef Polish and “da big half & half” – a Chicago-style dawg and Polish on a 12-inch bun ($6.49). Yes, there’s more. Italian beef, Italian “sassage,” duck sausage, a Johnsonville brat on a pretzel bun, Texas-style chili and tamales. See the menu for yourself here. Open daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Owners Patrick Moore and Peg Karpfinger put a lot of love into their centro cafe (808 E. Center St., 414-455-3751). The interior of this former Schlitz tavern is a pretty mix of reclaimed marble tabletops, old wooden church pews and a terrazzo floor. Soon centro will have something more – an additional room that features a bar and seating for 20 to 25 people. But the room will not be another dining room for the restaurant. It will have its own bar menu of nibbles such as cheeses and cured meats, bruschetta, etc. If you’ve arrived at the restaurant only to find a wait for a table, you won’t have to walk over to Stonefly or Nessun Dorma to have a drink and wait. But… the room isn’t quite ready yet. A few more weeks. I will revisit this topic when I’ve got a firm opening date.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. The Burger War between Milwaukee stalwart Sobelman’s and newbie AJ Bombers is over, but the debate continues. A blogger for the website Serious Eats visited the Water Street winner, consumed a Bomber Burger and tackled an existential question. Seriously, her commentary is worth reading. And you can do that right here.
A Thief in Shorewood
The door is open at the sleek new Shorewood location of Thief Wine Shop & Bar (4512 N. Oakland Ave.). The modern, minimalist decor is very different from Thief’s space at the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.). The custom bar is made of (a mostly) recycled material that resembles polished slate. There’s additional seating, including at a large communal table. The back area is retail, the wine bottles stacked along 14-foot walls. Quite a sight. Hours: Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
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