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2015/07/18 22:27:51 (permalink)

Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee)

A couple of weeks ago Mrs. Chicken and I stopped at Barbiere's Italian Inn on Bluemound Road after a Brewers game.  Bluemound from the ballpark west to I-94 has a lot of dining options and after finding Barbiere's online I really wanted to check it out; we'd tried once before but at 6pm on a Saturday local parking's at a premium, and while trying to find a spot we observed a lot of people going in so we pushed it back to another time.  But all was not lost, as we hit George Webb instead.
 
Barbiere's has been around since 1963 and the original location at 106th and Bluemound moved 48 blocks east in 1973.  The Brewers had a 1:10 game on June 27, so this time when we got there there were only a couple of occupied tables.

 
The interior's not exactly brightly lit but I left this one a little dark for emphasis.

 
First up was the "Snack", 2 homemade meatballs in homemade sauce.  The bowl is outfitted with a soup spoon because not only does it make plating the meatballs easier, it also allows somebody to finish the leftover sauce.  Although I'm not saying who that somebody is.

 
The meatballs are pretty mild and not overly seasoned nor "bursting with flavor", but that's not a bad thing.  In fact, I'd have to say that with the sauce they were just really, really nice.

 
The Snack comes with a side salad, which is Mrs. C's department and she said it was pretty good.

 
And if the salad isn't enough, a piece of split-loaf garlic bread is also included.  Snack?  For some this is actually a nice lunch or light dinner!  The bread's good by itself but I think it's perfect for dunking in the sauce.

 
This is the "Cudighi" sandwich.  I don't know what Cudighi means...maybe it's an Italian version of Cudahy?  We would've liked the sausage patty more had it had maybe a little more salt and fennel, but the bread was nicely toasted and the sauce helped.  And if customers have been liking it this way for 52 years, who am I to question it?


 
Prior to visiting Barbiere's I polled a few Milwaukee members of The Contingent, and Stricken_detective made it quite clear that we were to get a pizza.  As she scares the dickens out of me, I made sure a small (8") thin-crust sausage & mushroom pie was part of the visit.

We were not led astray, as this was a really good pizza.  Crisp crust, sauce not too sweet, good proportions...winner!  Oddly, it seemed like the pizza sausage had more flavor than the sausage patty in the sandwich, which is kind of puzzling.
 
If we lived in the neighborhood (if we ever come into big money we're going to buy a house near Miller Park to use just for game days) I'm sure we'd eat a lot of Barbiere's pizza and mix in the occasional sit-down visit as well.  But for now we'll just have to try to get there once a season or so.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2015/07/18 23:01:09
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/18 22:53:13 (permalink)
Food looks good, but Italian sausage without Fennel????? Don't think so!!
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/18 23:05:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby cousin-ick 2016/03/29 17:48:41
To be honest, as it's been a few weeks since we were there I can't say for sure how much fennel the sausage patty had...I see that how I wrote it makes it sound like there was none at all, but I'm not totally sure that was the case.
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 00:18:49 (permalink)
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To be honest, as it's been a few weeks since we were there I can't say for sure how much fennel the sausage patty had...I see that how I wrote it makes it sound like there was none at all, but I'm not totally sure that was the case.


hopefully it had enough you can taste it. That makes Italian sausage "Italian" sausage!!!
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 07:33:00 (permalink)
I would have been tempted to slice up the meatballs, lay them out on the garlic bread, pour on some of that sauce, and then shake on some cheese for an improvised pre-pizza pizza!
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 09:35:56 (permalink)
 
Ketteract - my thinking exactly!
 
ScreamingChicken - the salad would have suited my dining needs just fine!  BTW - was there any sporting event occupying space at Miller Park? 
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 10:23:13 (permalink)
Glad you went there, SC. It has been several years since I have been there and am glad the pizza is as good as ever. Time for a return visit!
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 10:26:29 (permalink)
FYI: Cudighi is a Yooper thing. It's an Italian sausage that I thought could be found only in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In the UP you can get it sweet or hot.
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 10:39:24 (permalink)
Brad, Nice pics and report, thanks again. We had a pizza place here that started in the UP and featured "Cudighi"...advertised w/ no fennel...rather strange I thought. Gathered this info from Chowhound.....
Cudighi (aka Yooper Sausage)
"I live in Memphis, TN and have been eating the same unique Italian sausage my entire life. There is only one place left in town to buy it. It's made without fennel and has a very distinctive taste because it's made with red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some other spices.
While doing some research on the internet I came across cudighi and read about its prevalence in the UP. This must be the same recipe. From what I can tell the original recipe came from Northern Italy. As far as I can tell, Memphis and the UP are the only places in the US where this specific sausage is made."
 
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 12:04:08 (permalink)
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Great report and pictures and the food looks really good! 
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 12:12:59 (permalink)
Thanks Brad. Pretty sad when an out-of-towner has to point out good local restaurants for me.
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Re: Barbiere's Italian Inn (Milwaukee) 2015/07/19 12:57:19 (permalink)
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Brad, Nice pics and report, thanks again. We had a pizza place here that started in the UP and featured "Cudighi"...advertised w/ no fennel...rather strange I thought. Gathered this info from Chowhound.....
Cudighi (aka Yooper Sausage)
"I live in Memphis, TN and have been eating the same unique Italian sausage my entire life. There is only one place left in town to buy it. It's made without fennel and has a very distinctive taste because it's made with red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some other spices.
While doing some research on the internet I came across cudighi and read about its prevalence in the UP. This must be the same recipe. From what I can tell the original recipe came from Northern Italy. As far as I can tell, Memphis and the UP are the only places in the US where this specific sausage is made."
 


Fascinating...live and learn...I'd love to give that a try!
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