The 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Wisconsin!

During the 19th century, different populations found themselves migrating to Wisconsin. Cities like Madison and Kenosha turned into the new homes of the Italian community. Among their traditions and culture, they brought Wisconsinites timeless recipes that we now enjoy in Wisconsin’s most favored Italian restaurants. Here are our 10 favorites. 

1. Carmella’s Italian Bistro, Appleton, WI

Carmella’s is an Italian Bistro located in the Fox Valley, specifically in Appleton.  Enjoy Italian wines to craft beer. Ingredients are harvested in the Midwest, but their authentic food and atmosphere will take you right back to the heart of Italy.

2. Novanta, Middleton, WI

Located in Middleton, Wisconsin, Novanta is an Italian eatery specialized in wood-fired pizzas. Not only for their great Italian lunch/dinner dishes, they have authentic dessert dishes that will be sure to satisfy your Italian sweet tooth. 

3. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, Milwaukee, WI

Buca di Beppo is an Italian restaurant located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, great for banquets or small parties. Take a trip back in time from their tastefully created recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Check out their enormous meatballs and Italian dishes. 

4. Calderone Club, Milwaukee, WI

The Calderone Club is another Milwaukee favorite. Order any of their made from scratch dishes and their extensive beverage list. Their casual dinning experience and their location make it great stop for visitors looking to attend events at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, U.S. Cellular Arena, and the Milwaukee Theater.

5. Ristorante Bartolotta, Wauwatosa, WI

Ristorante Bartolotta is a quaint corner restaurant serving creative Italian dishes with an exceptional beverage menu. They are located in Wauwatosa and voted as part of Milwaukee’s best Italian restaurants. Be swooned by the authentic Italian atmosphere and enjoy top-notch dishes.

6. Pasta Vino, Baileys Harbor, WI

Pasta Vino serves great Italian dishes in the Door County area. This restaurant offers a casual yet classy dinning experience for the touristy area. Check out their traditional and modern dishes, locally caught seafood, full bar, and specially chosen wines. 

7. II Ritrovo, Sheboygan, WI

II Ritrovo is an Italian grocer, deli, wood-fire pizzeria, and wine bar serving the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, area. Their fresh and tasty ingredients keep the locals coming back and out-of-towners interested in trying something new. Check out the variety at II Ritrovo.

8. Villa Dolce Café, Middleton, WI

Villa Dolce Café is a casual Italian eater serving the Middleton/Madison area.  Check out their house made wine and gelato. In addition, they have great pizzas, dinner dishes, and daily specials. Villa Dolce Café is last year’s winner of the Diners’ Choice among other dining accolades.

9. Zarletti, Milwaukee, WI

Zarletti is yet another Milwaukee favorite making our top Italian restaurant lists. Their ever-changing ravioli dishes, pastas, panini, seafood, and wine selection is loved by many patrons of Zarletti. They are also a part of last year’s Diners’ Choice award among being rated phenomenally rated by food critics.  

10. Angelina, Green Bay, WI

Angelina is Green Bay’s finest Italian restaurant. Every dish is made from scratch from the finest ingredients. Angelina was born and raised in Italy and came to live in the States in 1993. With her she brought her love for Italian food—the rest is history.  

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