Celebrating 20 Years 1993-2013
It wasn't always easy or pretty, but the bright, happy moments far outnumber the bad ones. Thanks to you, our beloved guest, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. All of our restaurants play a key role for our company, but this one being the first one, the one that bears my family's name is unique and holds a special place in my heart. As the flagship restaurant of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group, I am proud that it is here "where it all started".
Celebrate with us with a long series of special events that we have prepared for you throughout the year. 2013 also marks our entire company's 20th anniversary, a company born with the dream of providing exceptional culinary experiences through great service, food and ambiance.
This upcoming holiday season we will open our doors for lunch once again. The quaint, snow-covered streets of the Village of Wauwatosa provide the perfect background for a festive lunch with friends or family. Our completely new and traditional Italian lunch menu will feature wood-fired pizza, pastas and more. We will also extend our half off bottled wine offer from Mondays and Tuesdays for our holiday lunches, Monday thru Friday!
We are now accepting reservations, which are highly suggested since we fill up very quickly.
Stay tuned for our upcoming lunch menu.
*White truffle-friendly dishes
Grilled vegetable zuppa, whipped lardo crostino
Antipasto of shaved prosciutto, chicken liver bruschetta, marinated olives, cheese
Crispy calamari salad, arugula, citrus, tomatoes, radishes
*Eggs in purgatorio, tomato sauce, onions, basil, grilled bread
Sauteed gamberi, rosemary, chick peas
*Grilled tomino cheese, watercress puree, pancetta, leeks
Mozzarella, rucola, roasted peppers
*Crispy polenta, mushroom ragu, soppressata
Pizza & Primi
Wood-fired pizza of the day
*Butternut squash puree, hazelnuts & fried sage risotto
*Potato gnocchi, speck, basil, cream, tomato, grana
*Garganelli, bolognese ragu, grana
Paccheri, steamed mussels, arugula pesto, spicy salami, pomini tomatoes
*Baked farfalle, Vlaskass cheese, mushrooms, truffle oil, breadcrumbs
Maccaronara, tomato, basil, ricotta salata
Cesare salad of romaine, croutons, anchovy-romano dressing, grilled chicken breast
Grilled skewer of pork, sausage & pancetta spiedino with peppers, roasted potatoes
*Seared beef flank tagliata, arugula, pomini tomatoes, lemon, grana
Veal scaloppine, mushrooms, spinach, lemon-caper sauce
*Pan seared cappesante, potato-cauliflower puree, spinach, butter sauce, gremolata
Bartolotta’s mascarpone-espresso-cocoa tiramisu
Nutella budino, baby marshmallows, pretzel crumble
Apple tortino, vanilla bean gelato
Steamed lemon sformato, blueberry coulis
Almond gelato affogato, espresso shot, whipped cream, cocoa
Traditional Sicilian sweet ricotta cannolo
Monday-Friday December 2-27 (closed 24 & 25)
For reservations 414.771.7910
With the cool autumn weather comes the first shipment of fresh Alba white truffles. We have been in contact with our long time truffle purveyor and we hear this year should be one of the best of the past few years.
White truffles are alluring, almost mysterious and this is due to several factors. The first factor and possibly the most important one is the truffle's inebriating aroma. Shaved at the last minute over pasta, salads, risotto, meats, poultry and even pizza, white truffles add a touch of umami that is hard to describe. White truffles are the most expensive ingredient in the world because they only grow from September to late December, a very short season. They are only found in the Italian peninsula from parts of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont and nowhere else in the world! Finally, truffles do not have seeds; they grow naturally underground near the roots of certain trees like chestnut, oak and hazelnut. Expert hands dig them out of the ground with care to preserve the spores that promotes truffle growth, allowing them to once again "sprout" the following year. The locations where truffles are found are closely guarded, and any intrusions could lead to serious consequences. It's been know of secret truffle sites to be passed from one generation to another at deathbed. Like anything that involves money, the truffle market has seen a spike in fraudulent business in recent years. Chinese truffles, or otherwise, are sold by unscrupulous dealers as the "real deal" at prices well below those at the main truffle auction in Alba, Piedmont. We buy only from Urbani Tartufi, the world's largest and most prestigious truffle purveyor. This ensures not only that we get the true Alba white truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico), but also that we receive fresh truffles, usually two to three days after harvest, sometimes sooner.
Many places feature "truffle dinners", but at Ristorante Bartolotta, we are proud to be the first and only restaurant to feature white truffles not just for an evening, but on a nightly basis for almost their entire season.
Stay tuned for our upcoming chef's truffle tasting menus, late October-December.