Riverwest Sauce

Two brothers pay homage to their Italian ancestry in their third-generation bar/restaurant.

The three diners at yonder table are conversing in Italian. It’s the best kind of ambiance for an Italian storefront joint by the name of Dino’s. The Riverwest business is a few buildings over from Scardina Specialties, a sausage maker/deli that supplies the Italians for Dino’s Sunday sugo dish.

With the bar stools occupied elbow-to-elbow by regulars (or people who just act like them), Dino’s is thoroughly Riverwest. It opened in 1968 as a bar. Fish fry and Italian food came in the early 1980s. And 47 years after their late grandfather christened the place, Lawrence and Anthony Lococo have given it a lift.

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‘Riverwest Sauce’ appears in the September 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
The September 2015 issue is on newsstands August 31.

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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.