Is Mimma’s Returning? Sort of…

Mimma Megna hasn’t completely settled into retirement just yet.

In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Mimma’s Italian restaurant reflected a certain mystique. It was a catalyst for the dining renaissance on Brady Street and hosted local and national celebs as the place to be – even if you had to wait an hour for your table next door at Jo-Cat’s Pub. In the early 1990s, years before it was remodeled and expanded, actress Sherilyn Fenn of TV’s Twin Peaks was in town filming the movie Dillinger with actor Mark Harmon and took some shifts serving at Mimma’s. Romantic meals, business dinners, parties – Mimma’s was the place for them.

Mimma Megna closed the restaurant in 2016, and the space is now occupied by Dorsia, the bar-restaurant operated by the owners of Jo-Cat’s. But Megna has not completely settled into retirement. On Feb. 25, she hosted a Mimma’s dinner at Supper (in the Shorecrest Hotel, 1962 N. Prospect Ave.) that was such a hit that Supper is holding another one!

The second six-course meal, on Sunday March 11, features classic dishes prepared by Megna and is a little more seafood-driven than the first dinner. The courses are arancini (deep-fried rice balls), caprese salad, gamberi toscana (Tuscan shrimp), ravioli funghi con salsa oli noce (porcini mushroom ravioli with walnuts), swordfish Siciliana, followed by a dessert of profiteroles. Cost: $75 per person (plus $40 for wine pairings). The meal starts at 6 p.m. Call 414-509-6074 to make a reservation.

Megna is also teaching several hands-on cooking classes at the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.).

At the public market, you can sign up for the classes individually (each is $89). Sign up soon; they sell out quickly. Call 414-336-1111:

  • A Tour of Italy on a Small Plate (Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m. sold out), focusing on arancini (fried stuffed rice balls), Tuscan shrimp and bruschetta
  • Easter in Sicily (Mar. 27, 5:30 p.m.), including traditional Sicilian papardelle with lamb ragu, caprese salad and marinated artichoke bruschetta 
  • A Taste of Roma (Apr. 10, 5:30 p.m.), featuring spaghetti carbonara, chicken parmigiana and panzanella salad
  • A Taste of Piedmont (Apr. 18, 5:30 p.m.), where Megna shows students how to prepare risotto, pork scaloppine and stuffed Portobello mushrooms.



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.