225 So. Mia Famiglia has
redecorated and changed the layout from previous restaurants
in the location.
WAUKESHA - 225 So. Mia Famiglia Executive
Chef Tomas White has taken a menu filled with traditional
Italian dishes and given them a modern twist by having the
option to make all of them - even the pasta and bread -
gluten free in a celiac-certified kitchen.
On May 6, 225 So. Mia Famiglia opened its doors
in downtown Waukesha with a focus on made-from-scratch food,
including even its ketchup and salad dressings.
Rebecca Ayala, restaurant manager and White’s
cousin, said she and her family were looking for a new location
with a larger kitchen to replace their Hales Corners’ Mia
Famiglia that they had been in since 2001. She said they
discovered the recently vacated Jackson’s Blue Ribbon at 225
South St. and felt it was a good fit. Mia Famiglia also makes
and sells salad dressings and breads at area stores, such as
Outpost and Grasch Foods.
The bar area at 225 So. Mia
Famiglia has been redone from the previous restaurant that
had been in this location.
Quite a bit of renovation was done inside the
restaurant to swap out the bold reds and blues of Jackson’s
with more neutral colors. The seating arrangement and bar
were also altered.
White makes about 95 percent of the dishes and
components from scratch, Ayala said. He also tries to use as
many local ingredients as possible, which will be made even
easier with the Waukesha Farmers Market’s colorful produce. Some
cheeses are made in-house, including mozzarella.
“We strive to have a menu that can be made
completely gluten-free,” Ayala said.
As part of the move, the menu for 225 So. Mia
Famiglia also underwent a move. Ayala said it’s more casual,
like the atmosphere, and includes fresh pasta, salads and
paninis. During football season, customers can watch the game
while enjoying their dinner, she said.
A grand opening is planned for the future as well
as daily entrée specials and a happy hour. Right now the
restaurant is only open for dinner, but Ayala anticipates
serving lunch down the road.
As its name suggests, 225 So. Mia Famiglia is
truly a family operation. Ayala’s cousin, Melissa Tabler, is the
other restaurant manager and White’s parents, Thomas Sr. and
Susan, own the business.