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
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.