Chicago deep dish pizza restaurant to open at MSOE

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 6, 2014

MILWAUKEE — Known for Chicago deep dish pizza, restaurant Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta will bring its Italian food to Milwaukee inside the Milwaukee School of Engineering Tower Apartment in late spring 2015.

MSOE and restaurant owner Rudy Malnati Jr. made the announcement Thursday that the business will be located in an 8,500-square-foot vacant retail space at 1150 N. Water St. Malnati owns six Pizano’s locations in Illinois and Rudy’s Bar and Grille in Chicago. This will be the company’s first Wisconsin Pizano’s location.

The family’s pizza history dates back to 1943 when Rudy Malnati Sr. opened the first Pizzeria Uno in Chicago and created the deep dish pizza.

According to the announcement, Pizano’s pizza has received numerous national recognitions, such as being voted No. 1 thin-crust pizza by Oprah Winfrey and ranked No. 4 on a national list of America’s 35 Best Pizzas by The Daily Meal.

“I am excited to bring my family recipes and Italian traditions to Milwaukee for the first time,” said Malnati in a statement. “Our first Wisconsin location will feature our famous gourmet deep dish pizzas, our award-winning thin crust pizzas and other signature menu items. Pizano’s Pizza is looking forward to establishing itself here in Milwaukee and sharing the Pizano’s experience with students, residents and businesses in the surrounding area.”

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta will seat approximately 260 guests and plans include an outdoor seating area during the warmer months. Pending city approval, a full-service, U-shaped bar will serve as a focal point.