For several months, my neighbor Judy had been suggesting to her husband, Preston, and me that we should visit this Italian Renaissance-style winery on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Pepin. We’re neighbors whose sons were (and still are) best friends, regularly visiting each other’s houses and playing soccer (and video games) together growing up. As we...

The Gallo family is getting reacquainted with Clintonville. Nick Gallo and his cousin, Larry Gallo, are opening Gallo’s on High at 4215 N. High St., offering a mix of modern American and Italian fare. The family’s neighborhood history dates back to GiAntonio’s Bakery, owned by Nick’s grandfather, Nick GiAntonio. “It’s sort of a homecoming for our f...

With a passion for authentic Italian-style Neapolitan pizza, David Scotney and his management team set out two years ago to find a second location for their Oakfire restaurant. But they also mixed in plenty of Wisconsin flavors as well. Now the newest Oakfire Pizzeria Napoletana location, at 3552 Market Lane in Somers, is up and running to join the...

Whatever your taste, you can find award-winning wines in Pepin County. A classical Mediterranean-style winery complex is welcoming visitors every day, just a short day trip from several metro locations in the Midwest. At Villa Bellezza you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to an Italian vineyard. Julianne Dahlen, Villa Bellezza...

Henry Piano never forgot his roots. His parents immigrated to America from Italy in 1907 and raised a son who embraced his Italian-American heritage. Piano helped found the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana. Piano, 86, died of cancer Oct. 24. "It was important for him to always remember where we came from," said his son Nick Piano. "He wa...

If you love food and you're also a fan of “The Sopranos,” you'll likely remember the scene where Vito Spattafore prepares a home-cooked meal of pork chops and vinegar peppers for Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski. The Italian-American dish, which is thought to have origins in the Neapolitan dish costolette di maiale con papaccelle, is an East Coast stapl...

Sorella, the new Italian restaurant that opens Friday at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View, is a deeply personal one for the chef and co-owner. Kyle Toner, who's opening the restaurant with another New Jersey native, general manager Paul Damora, is summoning the flavors if not the precise dishes of Italy from Rome southward. And Toner is bringi...

Ada DeBartolo was a “family matriarch” who modeled hard work and generosity. Her daughter, Tina Serpe, says their mother’s life could be summed up in four words: “Faith,” “Family,” “Friends” and “Food.” “And ‘fun!’ She was a good sport and always joking!” added daughter Sandy Morrone. “She was the matriarch who kept everyone together,” Tina said. A...

Beginning next week, a Milwaukee chef will see his dream fulfilled and Bay View will have yet another worthy restaurant to enjoy. Sorella is slated to open on Friday, Aug. 21 at 2535 S Kinnickinnic Ave. And it promises simple, elegant Italian dishes at an accessible price point in a casual, comfortable environment. Sorella is a partnership between...

A confrontation took place Saturday afternoon between a group of Kenosha teens known as Kenosha Activism and counter-demonstrators supporting Italian heritage. The confrontation was very loud at times, but peaceful. The Kenosha Activism organizers—three local high school students from Indian Trail High School and Academy—had planned a march titled...