Taste of Tuscany
Owners of Christina’s open banquet hall across the way

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Nov. 22, 2013


The main banquet hall at Tuscan Hall Banquet Center.    
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WAUKESHA - From across the street at Christina’s Family Restaurant, Nicko Sifnaios has watched the building at 409 Delafield St. go through quite a few incarnations, most recently a failed bar called Club Velvet. When the building came up for sale in July, Sifnaios saw a unique business opportunity, and the Tuscan Hall banquet facility was born.

“I wanted to do something that’s not going to affect Christina’s but that will help it - something that’s going to work hand-in-hand,” Sifnaios said. “It’s an extension of Christina’s but in a different venue.”

The chef from Christina’s is doing the catering for the facility, which Sifnaios said has already hosted a wedding rehearsal, several birthday parties, funeral luncheons and more.

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center.    
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Sifnaios said the facility can comfortably seat 250 upstairs and 80 in the downstairs area, which he’s affectionately dubbed “The Wine Cellar,” after significant renovation transformed it from its former state.

“Downstairs, everything was black. It was like walking into a haunted house,” Sifnaios said. “We livened it up, had an artist come in and do some beautiful murals of a wine cellar. In the future, we’re hoping to host monthly wine and cheese parties for the public to introduce it to the neighborhood, because it’s got a great ambiance.”

Sifnaios said currently the facility is limited to buffet- and family-style dinners, which he said keeps the cost down for the customer - about $14 per person for a buffet of three entrees, three sides and a salad.

“My goal is to provide somebody good service, good quality food, a great ambiance and not break the bank,” Sifnaios said. “It’s a one-stop shop where they don’t have to worry about everything because we take care of it for them.”

To contact Tuscan Hall, call 292-1322.

Email: spryor@conleynet.com