It’s a return to mac and cheese pies for the East Side Ian’s Pizza (2035 E. North Ave., 414-727-9200), which closed August 9 to do the necessary reno to combine storefronts with 2031 E. North Ave. The work included both expanding the dining area – after five years, the business had maxed out its space – and putting in a new oven (a Roto-flex), which will ostensibly allow the pizzeria to fill orders faster. Reopening day is, well, today (Sept. 15). New menu items include brunch pizza slices and beverages (wines and tap beers, once the application process goes through). Hours are, as they have been: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Get pizza menu info here.
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.