Carini’s La Conca d’Oro, a fixture on Oakland Avenue for 18 years, is making some changes. Gregg Carini, son of restaurant founder Peter, a (3468 N. Oakland Ave.), is back at the restaurant, after 10 years of cooking stints across the country. The younger Carini has edited down the menu to focus on the authentic Sicilian dishes, and added something that should get some traction – pizza. The restaurant is now equipped with an Acunto wood-fired oven from Italy. With it, the family is doing a dozen pizzas, from the four-cheese to the Carini (with arugula and prosciutto) to a dessert pizza topped with Nutella. The pizzas are available at lunch or dinner. Hours: L Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. D Tues-Sun from 4 p.m.
Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.