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Ristorante Bartolotta

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Thu, 2/21
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner

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Affettato Misto di Salumi all' Emilia
Cured artisan meat board with gnocco fritto
Mozzarella di Bufala D.O.P alla Pizzaiola
Baked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, Nocellara olives, and fresh oregano; served with grilled bread
Fritto di Calamari e Prezzemolo
Crisply fried calamari served with lemon and marinara
Carpaccio di Manzo alla Veneta*
Sliced beef tenderloin with arugula, red onion, and capers
Sauté di Cozze alla Messinese
"Sicilian-style" mussels in spicy white wine-tomato broth
Insalata di Granchio
Venetian-style crab salad with baby greens and shellfish aioli
Misticanza di Campo
Field greens, tomatoes, fennel, radishes, red onion, and cucumbers; red wine vinaigrette
Insalata Cesare
Crisp romaine, anchovy-Romano dressing, grana, and toasted croutons
Pomodoro, Cipolla Rossa e Gorgonzola
Vine-ripened tomato, shaved red onion, arugula, gorgonzola, balsamic, and olive oil
House-made gluten-free tagliatelle pasta is available upon request
Ravioli di Magro al Burro Nocciola Tartufato*
Ricotta and spinach ravioli, grana padana and truffled brown butter
Pappardelle al Ragu D'anatra*
Hand-crafted wide Tuscan ribbon pasta with slow-braised duck ragu and grana
Spaghetti con Aragosta all'ischitana*
Hand-crafted spaghetti with spiny lobster, in a spicy tomato-white wine sauce
Rigatoni con Melanzane al Sugo di Pomodoro
Tubes of pasta with tomato sauce, eggplant, mozzarella, and basil
Garganelli alla Panna con Prosciutto e Piselli*
Pasta quills tossed with cream, peas, prosciutto, and grana padano
Gnudi di Ricotta e Spinaci al Burro e Salvia*
Tuscan ricotta and spinach gnocchi with butter, sage, and grana
Scialatielli Sorrentini alle Vongole e Bottarga di Muggine
Hand-crafted Amalfi Coast pasta with baby clams, leeks, cherry tomatoes and Sardinian bottarga
Grigliata Mista di Mare
Assortment of grilled seafood; shrimp, scallops, calamari, octopus, and fish with spinach and lemon
Filetto di Manzo alla Perla Nera di Norcia*
Wood-roasted filet of beef with puréed potatoes, carrots, rapini, and Umbrian black truffle sauce
Braciola di Maiale al Marsala Ambra*
Wood-roasted, bone-in pork chop with roasted potatoes, green beans, and Marsala-mushroom sauce
Trancio di Salmone con Salsa Olivada alla Ligure
Seared Atlantic salmon with sautéed spinach, puréed potatoes, and a savory Ligurian Taggiasca olivada sauce
Pollo al Mattone*
Crisply-roasted, half-boneless chicken with Brussels sprouts, potato purée, and a lemon-white wine pan sauce
Costolette D'agnello a Scottadito*
Seared lamb chops with fingerling potatoes, summer squash, and roasted garlic-thyme sauce
Orata al Limone*
Pan-seared Mediterranean gilthead sea bream with lemon-caper sauce
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
$10 - $38
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to all of the Bartolotta restaurants, and while this one isn't our favorite, it is the favorite of our friends. They had a soon-to-expire gift certificate to use, so they selected Ristorante Bartolotta as the place at which they wanted to meet. My...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank divaw0rld
Reviewed January 3, 2019

We've been dining at various Bartolotta restaurants over the years. All of our dining experpiences have been excellent. It had been a few years since visiting Ristorante Bartolotta. As anticipated, we were not disappointed. Service was prompt, respectful, friendly and not intrusive. The charming and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 43years
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2019

Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

Visited the restaurant to celebrate our 18th anniversary. The food was excellent, waiters prompt and respectful. I would say the only down side was the noise level due to being small and cozy. If you don't mind the new noise level, great place for an...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank whlnatalia
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2018

Thank you for dining with us!

Reviewed September 22, 2018

Great atmosphere, food and service. Excellent cocktails. This spot is a good choice for a special dinner- or dinner any night of the week. Definitely would return.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Peter L
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Thank you for dining with us, Peter. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed August 7, 2018

I recommend the brick oven chicken, I have had it many time, very flavorful and juicy. One time the skin was not crispy, I sent it back and they made it right. Nice atmosphere for couples night out. You need a reservation, they are busy...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Bonnie C
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Thank you for dining with us, Bonnie. We're happy to hear you enjoy the brick chicken!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Without question the best Italian restaurant in the Milwaukee-area. The menu is simple, but elegant. The service is always excellent. Friendly people, great food, always a joy to visit.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Tim T
Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

Thank you for dining with us, Tim! We're happy to hear you enjoy dining with us, and look forward to being your favorite for many years to come.

Reviewed July 10, 2018

My wife and I have dined here a few times over the past several years, and it has always been for special occasions, e.g., birthdays. The food and service are consistently outstanding, but I have to say that the drinks are crazy expensive. For example,...More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Three of us women who work together wanted to have husbands meet. It was perfect. I had the tasting menu which included a salad, pasta, halibut, and choice of dessert. The wine pairings were outstanding. As usual, the ambiance was warm. Everyone had a wonderful...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2018

Thank you for dining with us, Catherine! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the tasting menu.

Reviewed March 23, 2018

Initial Restorante experience, though a frequent Bartolotta diner. We celebrated a family birthday on a busy Saturday night. Our party was seated within the intimate restaurant that instantly reminded me of Fior d' Italia, San Francisco. Our Antipasti – Mozzarella Pizzaiola and Fritto di Calamari...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Thank you for dining with us. We're happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the birthday celebration, and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

Recently hosted a retirement supper for three couples and guest of honor. Restaurant was full but our table of seven was set up and ready to go for us. Food was delicious from the calamari appetizer to the salads, the wine, and our entrees. Service...More

Date of visit: December 2017
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