Kenosha | Wisconsin24 Aug 2014 04:32 pm

Owner Susan Mantuano-Tishuk (of the Mantuano/Spiaggia family) has recently updated their menu and brought the chef from Terzo Piano (at the Chicago Art Institute) to Kenosha. Wow – food better than I remember (have been coming here over the past ten years) – and now many different twists. Read on.

OK, let’s start with focacia bread and rich, flavorful olive oil, and a glass of wine (enough choices by the glass – all Italian but today a special Spanish white that was recommended with sea food entrees). Fairly extensive bottled wine and beer list.

Appetizers and salads are big enough to share (had tomato/caprese/crouton appetizer with just the right amount of oil and seasoning).

My entree was papperdelle pasta with braised lamb and lima beans with a peppery sauce – great combination with very slowly braised (tender) meat. My partner had the hanger steak with smashed new potatoes which were fried – yum yum! The steak was perfectly prepared. Our other diners enjoyed the crisp chicken (for only $18) and linguine with clams. Crisp chicken seems to be a new standard dish at many Italian restaurants – a good move.

Really good Italian coffee and shared biscotti and karmel korn soft serve (yes, that’s what I said) ended the delightful meal.

Next time we’ll try their wood fired oven thin crust pizza – each selection a little out of the ordinary.

A great stop if you are visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum on your way back to Chicago. The restaurant is a little over an hour away from Rogers Park.

5717 Sheridan Road
Kenosha, WI 53140


(Prices would be doubled if this place was anywhere near Chicago.)

Galena | Shullsburg | Wisconsin03 Nov 2004 08:39 am

Great Food and charming atmosphere, We Ship Cheese – right from their business card – believe it! This is one of our favorite spots when we’re in the Galena (Illinois) area; it’s just across the Illinois border.

Broasted chicken, all white meat, is the specialty and enough of a reason to dine here. The building is an historic landmark affiliated with the cheese factory (creamery) in town. Desserts are of the “homemade” kind – ask for the strawberry/rhubarb pie when in season.

210 West Water Street
Shullsburg, WI, 53586
(888) 331-1193

Sun-Thurs 8am to 10pm
Fri & Sat 8am to 11pm

Italian | Wisconsin09 Dec 2003 08:49 pm

Mantuano (of Spiagia fame) is involved with this place.

My ratings: Breads 4, Circuses 3, Value 3


Wisconsin09 Dec 2003 08:39 pm

A Spanish gem – Thomas Ballesta offers gratis (extensive) wine tasting. I really like this place.