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Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Nonno's Ristorante Italiano   

At the end of 2013, the owners of Cancun Mexican Restaurant shut down the operation and opened Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano in its place on the highly visible corner of Whitney Way and Odana Road. I like the menu and the decor, and other than a few glitches in service I experienced, I'd say it's worth dining here.

This being an Italian restaurant, I had to try the spaghetti alle polpette (spaghetti and meatballs, $10), which turned out to be my favorite dish. The capricciosa pizza ($10) was a well-crafted pie for two to share.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

A controversial fast food restaurant is setting its sights on Madison.

A proposal to build a Chick-fil-A is going to the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

The possible site would be in the parking lot of West Towne Mall.

Two years ago the company took a very public stance against gay marriage. Since then, it has changed its approach, but the local LGBT community isn't buying it.

"Because of their national presence, they are trying to appear more appealing and broadminded, but the owner certainly hasn't changed his religious viewpoint," said Steve Starkey, with the Outreach LGBT Community Center.

Chick-fil-A has one other Wisconsin location in Racine, but they've added 27 new stores this year. Company officials said they look forward to Madison expansion later this year or early next year.

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

I had to experience for myself KJ’s Curry Bowl's diverse menu, which boasts Asian, Mexican and American cuisine. I mean, where else can you get chicken Marsala, a chipotle chicken burrito and Bourbon Street chicken in one sitting?

First, a note on the service. The servers are all extremely friendly and eager to help patrons navigate the menu. I was curious why they all wear Bluetooth earpieces, but I didn't ask.

Let's start with the appetizers. Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

'Brews' pub offers burgers, beer, wine

'Brews' pub offers burgers, beer, wine

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Brews Brothers Pub   

Before I walked into Brews Brothers Pub located on the far west side on Junction Road, I was envisioning a huge space, a comprehensive menu and walls filled with TVs. I was wrong on all accounts.

However, sitting in the recently opened establishment, I realized it's similar to many strip-mall restaurants/bars I've visited in smaller cities and suburbs, and if you keep that in mind, the place meets all expectations.

Read about the Weston Burger, Bourbon Burger, Pub Grub at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine hosts the fourth annual Top Shelf Winter Taste featuring Crown Royal Whiskey. The event is Monday March 10 at the Beacon Lounge at Bonfyre American Grille from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Attendees can sip on various products out of a complimentary sampling glass and sample top shelf Whiskeys, Whiskys, and Ryes. Food from Beacon Lounge, Bonfyre American Grille, The Wise at HotelRED, Mason's on Main and Oil of the Olive will be available.


Each attendee will also receive a complimentary Cupcakes A-Go-Go full-size cupcake and can indulge their sweet tooth with Gelato and Gelatinis from Villa Dolce.


A custom craft brew called Madison Magazine's Big Red Blessing courtesy of Next Door Brewing Company will be available to sample.


100.5 ESPN radio broadcasts live from the party.


There is a $35 General Admission.

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).