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
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