Via Downer is a wonderful experience. The atmosphere is contemporary urban with that revitalized warehouse look. Brick walls, high ceilings, steel/chrome beaming etc. and the working kitchen visible to all....the smells waft through the air. They have a broad menu that includes featuring local products and will tweak items to accommodate special dietary needs/wants; including gluten free. They are known for their pizza's so give that a try but the other menu items are wonderful. They have daily specials that should be reviewed before going. Their sister property is Transfer Pizzeria. The staff is friendly and it appears from their interaction with each other and their patrons, that they enjoy working at Via. This restaurant is located in a quaint area of the lower east side of MIlwaukee on Downer Ave., near the U.W. Milwaukee campus and there is a nice variety of boutique stores, restaurants, and a family owned grocery store surrounding it. They have a smaller sidewalk patio along with the other establishments in the area so it is a nice option to enjoy outdoor dining and then spend some time checking out the area...afterwards, take a short walk to Lake Park and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the lighthouse and the water fall near the Lake Park Bistro.
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