Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide
Dom and Phil’s DeMarinis
1211 E. Conway St.
For the best combination of stunning city view and delicious thin-crust pizza, you can’t beat DeMarinis in Bay View. The service is unpretentious, and the dining room’s long tables are perfect for bringing the whole extended family. When you need a break from your screaming baby cousin, step over to the bar side of the building and enjoy a cold Pabst. (B.R.M.) $. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 481-2348
2961 N. Oakland Ave.
Vintage red-and-white checkered tablecloths remind customers of Italian restaurants from days past. The pizza’s vintage in its own right, baked with a crispy-crackled crust, plenty of zesty sauce and toppings to boot. Consistently rated as an East Side favorite. (J.D.) $-$$. CC: All major. Service bar only. 332-6360
5025 W. Forest Home Ave.
Loyal customers say Maria’s serves up Milwaukee’s best pizza. Those still less conservative in their praise call it the best pizza ever. One thing’s for sure; the dining experience doesn’t get much homier than at this family-run restaurant. Original founder and namesake, Maria Traxel, has passed away but she’s certainly left her imprint on the place, from the oblong pizzas to the dated décor and the strict no booze and cash only policy. Pizzas are wafer-thin, light on sauce but heavy on toppings. The place gets busy, especially at weekends, so plan ahead. (A.M.) $-$$. CC: Not accepted. 543-4606
1827 N. Farwell Ave.
Plastic forks and knives won’t suffice for this pizza. They’ll snap and splinter on contact with the hearty crust, oozing cheese and generously layered toppings. Try a creamy artichoke or Mediterranean pizza and top it with one of their Sprecher floats. (A.M.) $. CC: All major. Handicap access. 289-9993
7606 W. State St.
Pizzeria Piccola is casual; order at the counter and find an upstairs table. The menu centers on Neapolitan pizzas. These are single-sized with a thin center crust and doughy edges. All toppings are traditional Italian, combinations you cannot go wrong with. The menu does offer more. There is sauteed mozzarella as a starter, a salad of arugula, pastas, and some decent paninis. A small selection of beer and wines by the glass are also served. On a big budget? The Ristorante Bartolotta is just next door. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. OD. Handicap access. 443-0800
509 E. Erie St.
As the name suggest the Riverfront has abundant Milwaukee River views and plenty of outdoor tables along the RiverWalk. The specialty is thin-crust pizzas, some of the better ones found in this area. Design your own using over 25 toppings or try one of their classics like a pizza bianco. Or opt for a novelty item like the cheeseburger pizza. The menu also has salads and sandwiches for a lighter side. The entrees are mainly pastas. The interior is casual with a friendly bar. The wine list is adequate but pales in comparison to the vodka list. (J.D.) $$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 277-1800
1724 N. Farwell Ave.
The setting is definitely tavern, but they serve the best traditional thin-crust pizza in town. No such toppings as duck sausage here; just one cheese is used and nothing is wood-fired. Stick to pepperoni, pork sausage and anchovies. (J.B.) $-$$. CC: MC, VS. RS for 10 , FF, FB. Handicap access. 289-8776.