While the decor conjures up a pseudo-bordello (red paint, crystal-like chandeliers), the cuisine takes off in various directions: BBQ (really fine beef brisket), raw oysters from the coasts, Louisiana jambalaya, and ??low country?? South Carolina specialties like?frogmore stew. A mint julep will get you in the mood.
If you’ve never been to Balistreri’s before, the thin crust pizza (literally any kind) is a must. Some other delectable Italian dishes include veal scallopini, Bistecca alla Siciliano – Steak Sicilian Style, and of course the delicious Friday Fish Fry.
One of Milwaukee’s classic frozen custard stands. This stand dishes up frozen custard, hot chili, burgers, cookies and Gilles T-shirts.
Lines form early at the hostess station on the weekends. If you don’t mind a backless stool, the bar is comfortable and manned by a team of fast, friendly servers. Executive chef/co-owner Joe Muench offers familiar ideas packaged in untraditional ways. Don’t miss the stuffed browns, hoppel poppel and monkey bread. Read more…
A Tosa staple. you cannot go wrong with Balistreri’s. We recommend one of their tasty pizza pies with the thinnest and crispiest crust you’ve ever tasted. Other delicious Italian items also always available.
“Family, superb food and quality ingredients” has been the motto for Barbiere’s since 1963. Before getting into it, the homemade garlic bread is an absolute must, which then can be followed by one of their scrumptious pizza pies, lasagna or sandwiches.
It feels like a standard neighborhood watering hole, but the massive bank of 30 taps behind the bar sets it apart. The selection includes standards from New Glarus and Lakefront, as well as oddities like Old Heathen bourbon barrel aged stout.