Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 Restaurants 2016
This cozy Italian restaurant, the very first in the ever-growing Bartolotta group, has the feel of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, and the classic dishes on the menu are like old friends. (Hello, pappardelle with duck ragu.) But I’m partial to checking out the monthly menu, where chef Juan Urbieta stretches; in spring, the reward was fried soft-shell crab over a spring salad that included fiddleheads, and a perfect risotto with taleggio and spinach, creamy but firm to the bite. Risotto is a dish that's attempted at many restaurants but rarely mastered as it is here.
- Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Food Critic