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Ristorante Bartolotta

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7616 W State Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (Harwood Avenue)
+1 414-771-7910
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown...
Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown Wauwatosa, Ristorante Bartolotta is the flagship of The Bartolotta Restaurants. Opened in 1993, Ristorante serves authentic, traditional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting.

Ristorante Bartolotta, rated four stars by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel upon opening, continues to garner high praise with both critics and customers as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant. The traditional menu features handmade pasta and imported Italian ingredients, with the three-course chef's menu changing seasonally.

Ristorante Bartolotta is led by Chef Juan Urbieta, who joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 1998 and is known by many as one of the best Italian chefs in the Midwest.

Ristorante Bartolotta features an exclusively Italian wine list and a small, passionate and experienced staff able to guide guests to a glass, carafe or bottle they will savor with their meal.
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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Way more than red sauce and pasta...

This is classic Italian. Anyone who cooks "cucina Italiana" knows that dishes vary greatly between regions in Italy. Legumes, fish, game, and more are all on the menu here, depending on the season. The tasting menu (and optional wine pairings) rotates frequently enough to sample inventive risottos... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This is classic Italian. Anyone who cooks "cucina Italiana" knows that dishes vary greatly between regions in Italy. Legumes, fish, game, and more are all on the menu here, depending on the season. The tasting menu (and optional wine pairings) rotates frequently enough to sample inventive risottos, black and white truffles, and so much more. The staff is probably the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is by far the most romantic, and nice restaurants in the area. The food and the service is excellent. The ambience is very nice. We love it. Definitely would recommend this place to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

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Thank MuguetteM
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Really an amazing dining experience. Italian food is fantastic. Wine list among the best in the Milwaukee area, and hands down the best service in the city. Atmosphere is as warm and relaxing as it gets.

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Thank Brien C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

I ate here with a friend. The service was very good. It wasn't very busy but we were there on a Sunday evening. They had a nice wine list and we each enjoyed pasta dishes. The atmosphere is very quaint. I would go back again

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Thank Polly T
Oconomowoc, WI
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94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We were a party of 6 and all of our food was excellent along with the service. Was it expensive? Yes! But well worth it. We've been to all the Bartolotta restaurants and this remains our favorite. Congrats to the chefs & waitstaff for a wonderful experience.

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Thank Paytons
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Wonderful service - very friendly helpful staff- we spilt a salad and pasta and each had entrée. The salad was good, but we got the heirloom tomato which was recommended- increased the small salads cost by $4.00 and it wasn't worth it. The pasta was homemade and very good. I had the mixed seafood entrée and the shrimp and octopus... More 

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Thank tickettime
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I would love to follow up with you about your entree. Please e-mail info@bartolottas.com so we can continue the conversation. More 

Waukesha, Wisconsin
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111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The food and service were terrific, while the atmosphere was friendly and down to earth. Our group tried the chef' 4 course as well as the two stand alone entree's. The meal tempo was comfortable and relaxed. We were encouraged to share the "included" desserts from the chef's combo with the table, avoiding the need to order extra portions. While... More 

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Thank Tom Z
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A nice experience, food was of a very good quality and service spot on - certainly recommend this for those in need of Italian food while in the area.

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Thank smarob
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We used one of the last opportunities to taste summer Chef’s tasting menu, since the seasonal menu will be changed next week. First course was Stracciatella Di Uova alla Romana con Verdure which is a traditional Roman chicken broth, spinach and egg drop soup with summer vegetables. Since I had Chef’s Menu with a wine flight, it was served with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

We Heard very positive reviews and were eager to enjoy. Unfortunately the menu was uninspired, the food was pedestrian, and the service was merely ok. We left very disappointed.

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Thank Adam M
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this review

Your feedback is essential to us and helps us to improve and provide the best experience for all of our guests. Would you please email your contact info to info@bartolottas.com so that we can continue the conversation? More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7616 W State Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
    (Harwood Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wauwatosa
  • Phone Number: +1 414-771-7910

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 38
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown Wauwatosa, Ristorante Bartolotta is the flagship of The Bartolotta Restaurants. Opened in 1993, Ristorante serves authentic, traditional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting.

Ristorante Bartolotta, rated four stars by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel upon opening, continues to garner high praise with both critics and customers as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant. The traditional menu features handmade pasta and imported Italian ingredients, with the three-course chef's menu changing seasonally.

Ristorante Bartolotta is led by Chef Juan Urbieta, who joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 1998 and is known by many as one of the best Italian chefs in the Midwest.

Ristorante Bartolotta features an exclusively Italian wine list and a small, passionate and experienced staff able to guide guests to a glass, carafe or bottle they will savor with their meal.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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