Why I Love Milwaukee: Keeping Food Stories Alive

“They keep alive those traditions that came to Milwaukee many years ago.”

Who: Food tours are a pretty new fashion. In 2006, Theresa Nemetz, 44, and her husband went on one of the first in New York City. It was one of those “We can do this” moments, and 13 years later, Milwaukee Food & City Tours is going worldwide with a new venture: Travel Deliciously.

Where: Peter Sciortino’s Bakery, 1101 E. Brady St.

We have such an ethnically diverse background of neighborhoods. There are all these establishments that fueled German or Polish or Italian areas back when they were first being settled. And they are still open 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 years later. I love them because they’re authentic.

Two of the best family-run places are Peter Sciortino Bakery and Glorioso’s Italian Market, over on Brady Street. They keep alive those traditions that came to Milwaukee many years ago.

We love to visit Polonez, one of the last Polish restaurants in Wisconsin. It’s run by a husband and wife who still make pierogi by hand. They’re introducing those traditions to the next generation.

When we were just getting started, I went to all the different places along Brady Street and interviewed business owners, talking to them about their stories and putting them down on paper so we can share it with others.

Not everybody had the opportunity to sit down with Joe Glorioso, who has passed away. But to know from Joe why he started Glorioso’s Italian Market and then to tell that story to others is something I really pride myself on.

As told to Adam Rogan

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Adam is a journalist who recently returned to his Wisconsin home after graduating from Drake University in December 2017. He interned with MilMag in the summer of 2015 and has been a continual contributor ever since. Follow him on social media @Could_Be_Rogan