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About Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa
The flagship of the Bartolotta Restaurants, Ristorante Bartolotta opened in Wauwatosa in 1993 and has been a local favorite ever since. Regularly voted the best Italian in Milwaukee, the charming Ristorante Bartolotta features handmade pastas and rustic Northern Italian cooking, with a chef's tasting menu that changes ever so often by the season.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef's Special Menu changes often and always offers the best authentic regional Italian cuisine. Peruse our all-Italian wine list of over 200 labels - you will surely find some new favorites! Enjoy half-off bottles of wine under $100 every Monday and Tuesday night.
Street parking & 3 Public lots within 1 block of restaurant.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/ristorante-bartolotta/ to see upcoming events at Ristorante Bartolotta!
Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa Ratings and Reviews
We had not dined here for many years. The quality was excellent and the dishes creative and approachable. Good cocktail and wine list. Exceptional server. Seasonal specials that added to the variety. A very quaint and cozy place -- the only "downside" is the seating is a bit tight. Will definitely return to this neighborhood gem.
Dinner here get's a "10/10 would recommend" from us-- not only was the staff helpful and friendly, with great suggestions on what to order, but the food was the best I've had in years. The ravioli was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious, as was the duck pasta: the homemade noodles were soft and light, and the sauces and flavors were rich but not overdone. I'd also recommend the salted caramel creme pot for dessert. As an added bonus, wine bottles under $100 are half-off on Mondays and Tuesdays, so you can really go all out without breaking the bank. Bartolotta has a cozy atmosphere, so whether you dress up or keep things more casual you'll feel right at home. We came for our anniversary, and left eagerly awaiting the next special occasion that warrants a return visit!
It was very busy - big bday party and many celebrating v-day so wait was long even with a reservation- but they gave us prosecco as an apology- which was nice. Food was delicious and they were so thoughtful to give my daughter a dessert for her birthday. Was a very nice dinner to celebrate her birthday, she felt very special- Thank You!
Ristorante Bartolotta is always a great choice for a special occasion. The ambiance is wonderful: small, authentic Italian restaurant. I would recommend getting reservations. Superb wine list, excellent dessert menu and they always have great specials usually including truffles. We have never been let down and service is excellent.
My wife and I celebrated her birthday on a snowy February night, and we had a nice window table. The restaurant is not large, and our waiter was very good. The salads , main courses, and dessert were very good. They have a huge Italian wine list, and it was a half priced bottle night, which was a real value. Our waiter brought us a tiramisu dessert for my wife for her birthday--very nice!
We were having an early birthday celebration for my husband. We didn't realize that Monday & Tuesdays were 1/2 price wine night. Bonus! Had delicious Rocket Baby bread to start followed by a Caesar Salad and then an app of mozzarella, olives, oregano & tomatoes, MOZZARELLA ALLA PIZZAIOLA, with toasted bread. My husband had a pasta dish that was similar to Alfredo, GARGANELLI ALLA PANNA CON PROSCIUTTO E PISELLI, Pasta quills tossed with cream, prosciutto, peas and Grana Padano. It was delicious but very rich. I had the RAVIOLI DI MAGRO AL BURRO NOCCIOLA, Hand-made ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach; butter, grana and truffle oil minus the truffle oil (do not like anything truffle). It was simple but delicious. We decided to skip dessert but they knew that we were celebrating his birthday so they gave us a TIRAMISU to go including a birthday candle. The best we've ever had. Thanks so much!
We have been coming to Ristorante Bartolotta for many years. It's always consistent and the food is excellent. The bartender on this particular night, when we arrived a little early, was delightful. I had a cocktail and the rest of the party had wine. Great experience.
The meal was excellent and it was a fun evening for our friend who was celebrating his birthday. It's a great place if you want to have conversation without shouting above the noise. The waitstaff is knowledgable the ambiance is very comfortable.
The wife and I really enjoy this restaurant. The food is always good, consistent quality and the servers always make sure we're well taken care of. The place itself is charming, really a comfortable ambiance. I've never sent a dish back to the kitchen, your meal is always prepared the way it was ordered. The duck Ragu is to die for, a very unique dish, it's hard for me to order anything else! best food in the Milwaukee area!
I wanted to use a $20 coupon I received in the mail and also take advantage of the Tuesday night half-price bottle of wine special. I was not told by the server at the time I ordered that I couldn't use both. I ordered a $45 bottle of wine but due to some mixup I instead was served a $76 bottle of wine. When I got the bill, I experienced sticker shock. The $20 coupon was not applied and I was charged full price for the wine I didn't order. Apparently the server thought I had ordered the Riserva which was not included in the offer. When ordering the wine, I am pretty sure that I pointed to the wine I wanted in the menu which was not the Riserva. Regardless, since the server knew I wanted the half-price wine special, he could have told me that wine was not included and there wouldn't have been a problem. When the bill came, I experienced sticker shock, a $163 bill when I expected ~$100. After a couple of discussions with the server, he was able to get the bill down to an amount that was reasonable to me. But I left the restaurant with some negative emotions from the unnecessary drama. After working a long day on a Tuesday night, I just wanted a quiet birthday dinner. I have no problem with the restaurant imposing limits and exclusions on their offers, but there is no reason that the server couldn't have explained that at the time I ordered and we could have avoided the unpleasant situation entirely.
Newish to Milwaukee Dining Scene:
We recently moved back to Milwaukee and decided to celebrate the move back at Ristorante. The service was excellent. My wife and I️ were not crazy about how tight the table spacing was, and found the food to be in between “ok” and “good”. Not sure if this is the best Milwaukee has to offer for Italian but we did love our wine so we are willing to give it another try.
Pro Tip: eat at the bar
This quaint restaurant provides the perfect venue for a special occasion. The food is exquisite and the service friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is warm and romantic. We have been here on several occasions and the food and service are consistently wonderful!
Food was good but just decent. Service was extremely poor. Waited at least 15 mins before we were served water and greeted at our table after being seated. Confused about who our wait person was and the person who appeared to be the assigned server did not seem to be overly concerned with providing service.
The food was spectacular; the best, most delicious gluten free pasta I’ve had. Hubby’s strip steak special was ... chewy and underwhelming. Our servers, Nick and Samuel, were amazing and attentive and helpful. Really noisy because people tried to talk over the music - good music, just too loud. Why is this? All in all a lovely evening. We will return.
Dinner with my daughter and son in law, another great meal once again.
Service was spot on! Everything from drinks, to appetizers, main course, espresso and dessert were delicious. New seasonal soup option and pasta option were delicious, first day of serving I believe.
Never disappointing always a treat, i'll be looking forward to another visit soon!
Great food, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, and quick to offer suggestions. We had never been to this restaurant and the experience was pleasant. It was a little hard to hear each other at times, and the parking is truly a challenge, but we're glad we spent a birthday here.
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