SALA

4.7
265 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
SALA, is described as a hidden Milwaukee gem, and is your place to enjoy our innovative culinary delights. Rooted in the Sicilian traditions our Chefs grew up with, we are here to share them with you, adding a little love to each dish. We invite you to our house for dinner tonight.

SALA is committed to providing outstanding, fresh food through an independently owned, family oriented, local business. Our menu features a diverse selection of pasta dishes, choices for the carnivore and seafood lover. Our daily Specials feature exquisitely prepared dishes that feature seasonal favorites.
With a focus on fresh, local produce, we feature many items from our large summer garden near Holy Hill and Chef Anthony harvests basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme from our greenhouse here on Hampshire Street. We use many locally sourced ingredients from local vendors in our dishes to keep the menu as fresh as possible. Anthony and sister Teresa opened this neighborhood restaurant in 2001.

Specials

Playoffs, Pizza, and Pints!

1/2 Price Liter of Tap Beer with a Pizza Purchase DURING the Bucks Playoff Games

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 9, 2019

Ends: May 10, 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 5:00PM-9:00PM

Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday 3-6 pm

Join us and enjoy $1 Domestics, $2 Imports & Micros, $3 Rail Mixers, $4 House Wine

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 9, 2019

Ends: February 10, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 265 People Are Saying
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MP
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor, good menu with a nice variety of choices and reasonable prices. Service on this visit, and always, is impeccable. Special thanks to Tiff who was most informative about menu items and specials and was always quick to check on everything. SALA is a great place for celebrations, quiet meals, or family dinners-out.

F
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

P
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The goat cheese starter in sauce was really wonderful. The caprese salad was a little disappointing. The tomatoes weren't great and the presentation was just ordinary. The meatball in sauce was very good but the price for one meatball is too much at 7 dollars. That was a little shocking. We did enjoy the evening there very much though. Best restaurant in the UWM area.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Sala fairly often. We are never disappointed.

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place
The food is great. The service is excellent and our waitress (Sophia) was fabulous

EC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love SALA and have been going there for years and years. Our food and waitress was wonderful. My only complaint is that it's very loud in the restaurant. Maybe some noise dampening acoustics would be in order. But it's a great gem.

OT
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Bryn treated us well. This is our anniversary restaurant.

h
Milwaukee
298 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Customer service was great

l
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. One of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee.

JA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We always have a great time at Sala and Saturday was no exception! It's a great place for date night and our waitress (Bella) was outstanding!

T
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very yummy secret gem on the East Side! We ate there on a Saturday Night and our food came out hot and quick! Would definitely recommend!

r
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Sala. The food is always delicious and it's such a cute restaurant. On this particular evening, we had a superb waiter who made our meal even more enjoyable.

MB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SALA siimply n

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here for special occasions. Great food, service, and drinks!

M
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We love Sala and eat there often. But it was not at its best when our party of four dined there Tuesday. The server gave the Oregon pinot noir I had ordered to another person in our party, while I got the Italian red wine she had ordered. When the appetizer we had ordered to share wasn't appearing, we asked the server about it. She went to check, and came back to tell us that the ticket never got to the kitchen. We eventually got the appetizer, but not at an ideal time. The other three people in the party really liked their good, but the chicken marsala I got was subpar. The dish was served at room temperature, the sauce was much thicker than usual, and the angel hair pasta on which the chicken rested was one big clump that couldn't be separated.

I think Sala just had a bad night. My wife and I eat there dozens of times each year because it's local (and locally owned) and because the food and service typically are outstanding. Anyone who reads this should give Sala a try.

x
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Gorgeous space excellent service fantastic food very comfortable great wine list everything superb!

WC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly , welcoming atmosphere with creative twists on familiar standards as well as innovative choices unique to SALA. It’s always a satisfying and fun experience to have a meal at SALA.

NO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So love our Family and Friends’ go to restaurant. Warm, relaxing and fabulous Italian (and my Grandmother was from Italy!!-she’d love it too!) only wish the large pizza size would come back!

WC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- caring service, friendly, lively atmosphere. The food tastes like sophisticated home cooking. Everything is fresh and delicious. Servers are attentive. It feels like everyone is in a good mood. It's a very enjoyable place to have dinner.

MC
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

All together a very nice experience. Food was fresh and very good. We will return for authentic Sicilian food.

LK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! Our group of 5 had to be at an event at a certain time, and the staff were very accommodating to our rushed schedule. I'm looking forward to going back!

l
Milwaukee
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mother's Day meal 😊 The pasta here is so flavorful and the sauce is light, not poured on. My husband had boullianaise (spelling?) and was apprehensive because he doesn't like things all mixed up, but finished it in record time. We don't get here often enough but it's always so enjoyable! Thanks for a special mom's day!

JD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sala is always wonderful. My daughters took me for Mom's Day a long time ago and it has remained a very special place to me. Any time we have out of town visitors we take them to Sala. It is always a treat. The food and service are wonderful.

NN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent - fresh, wonderful variety of choices and beautiful presentation. The service was very good overall but our server was so quick to move on to her next task that several times she left while we were mid-sentence into asking a question. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The accoustics are not the best, the noise level with a full restaurant made it a bit hard to hear the person sitting directly across from me. However, the overall experience was good and I will definitely continue to be a repeat customer.

MS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lively atmosphere, creative menu, very interesting pizza menu on the order of Pizza Man and California pizza kitchen. We both had pizza but we can’t wait to go back and try some of their traditional Italian entrées

TM
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great start to our 35th year of marriage. We loved everything and will be coming back.

HC
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is authentic, when so much Italian food is not. Lovely Caesar salad very lightly dressed, not swimming in gooey dressing. Fish and shellfish treated well, and homemade pasta and sauces are great.

DK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great and so was the food. I recommend reservations.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding customer service, setting and dining experience. Extremely good value and not far from Downtown or the Lake. Highly recommended.

a
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely intimate restaurant. Nicely priced win list, can get a bottle of good red for $26. Home made Italian food, fresh salads and soups served with Sciortino’s fresh bread.

LM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sala - Best Italian/Sicilian outside of Italy itself.

l
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor & slow. We had a reservation for 6:30 & didn’t get seated until after 7. The 2 people in the bar ignored all the customers waiting to order drinks while they worked on a bill at the cash register. The hostess finally took our drink order. Waitress was good but food was also slow. She said she was bringing bread but never did so we sat without anything until our salads came. We have been here a couple times with the same slow service. The food is very good. Would be a great place if they improved their service. Seems they need better staffing at the bar & in the kitchen during busy times.

RM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here all the time and am never disappointed. I recently had the Halibut special and it was excellent. I loved that the halibut special was served on grilled vegetable.

SG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Sala is wonderful. From the atmosphere to the service to the delicious food, the Sala experience is a very big treat.

RA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant ! I will be back to try the rest of the menu. Looks a little dumpy from the outside. But on the inside is great. I love small restaurants with good food ! I will let more people know about this place.

OT
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We made our reservation before my husband had back surgery that necessitates the use of a cane. When we arrived at 5:45 he asked to sit in a booth because they’re padded and the chairs are not. We were told the booths are 4 top and since we were 3 people we were at a 3 top. I noticed a stack of cushions by the door and asked if we could use one. After we weren’t seated, a party of 3 was seated at one of the booths.
Before we left I pointed out what happened and asked why we were not accommodated since none of the booths were filled when we arrived. The response was the party of 3 possibly requested a booth when they made the reservation and we did not (we didn’t know about them or remember we needed to bring a cushion)

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the entreaties we ordered were good. Large portions so we were able to take some home. We were visiting friends in Milwaukee. We came up from the Chicago are.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is outstanding. Took a couple who haven't been before and they loved it.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is SPECTACULAR! We came at a busier hour, so it was pretty noisy, but totally worth it for the food. We’ve eaten at multiple Italian places and nowhere comes close to this!

KL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and great food. We didn't have to wait long for anything. Great location.

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