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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #201

Culinary no-no's

Doggone it, Joe Bartolotta!


How could you do this to me?

Oh, oh.

Uhh, Kev.

The subject of one of your famous Culinary no-no entries is….

Joe Bartolotta?

The architect of the nearly perfect Bartolotta Restaurant Group?

Don’t you belong to the Bartolotta Preferred Card program?

Didn’t the Bartolottas perform utter magic catering your wedding at the Boerner Botanical Gardens?

Isn’t it true that you’ve never had a bad meal at the many Bartolotta restaurants you've dined at?

And you‘re about to identify the Bartolottas as a……GASP……culinary no-no?



But you know how Culinary no-no works.

I will explain.

Be patient.

Stay with me, please.

Here's the deal.

I love veal.

I don't care what PETA or any animal rights activist says.





And you can easily find and order veal.

Veal parmigiana...

Veal Marsala....

Veal piccata....

Veal cutlet.....


Love 'em all.

Not my first choices, though.

How about osso bucco?

Picture of Osso Buco Recipe

Can't find it everywhere.

My favorite Franklin restaurant, Casa di Giorgio will have it throughout the winter and it's exceptional.

They also do a great veal chop.

A veal chop is a marvelous thing.

But just try to find this marvelous food of love.

Casa di Giorgio in Franklin, yes, from time to time.

Maggiano's, yes, a regular fixture on the menu.

I have begged the folks at Sendik's at 51st and Rawson to stock it more often. They look at me like I'm nuts. It doesn't go over, they claim. OK, then provide limited supplies. I'm sure on a Wednesday they don't sell all those pizza burgers in the case, either.

Veal chops, where are you?????

Here’s where the fabulous Bartolottas come in.

I’ve been dying to experience the new Harbor House, home of the hottest, most in-demand table in Milwaukee.

On the menu, guess what?

Oh yes!

Strauss Veal Chop - Brussels Spouts, Roasted Potatoes, Syrah Sauce

I can only dream of how tanatalizing the Bartolotta version of a veal chop is.

Twice in the past few months I've had to cancel our family reservations because, well, you know......something came up.

Twice my dreams of feasting on glorious veal chops were shattered.

Then came the Christmas holiday. A party we attended required that guests bring gift cards to swap during a game. The Fischers brought gift cards from Sendik's and Harbor House.

A few days before the party, I picked up the restaurant gift card during a weekday lunch period. As I exited my car it hit me, the unmistakable and incredibly inviting aroma of seafood.

There it was again as I entered the remarkably revamped old Pieces of Eight, no longer dark and brown, but washed in bright and shiny classy décor.

You knew instantly you had ventured into a seafood place.


And I was sold. The seafood here, I thought, must be truly amazing.

It was impossible not to be blown away by the impressive Harbor House.

Ramiro Gonzalez came to mind walking to my car. My old and dear high school and college friend used to order a ham sub sandwich when we’d hit a pizza joint. Wrong, just wrong.

Visit Harbor House and not order seafood?

Sure, you eat what you choose and enjoy.

Like a veal chop.

A big, honkin' mouth-waterin' veal chop.

I want one so bad.

But at a place renowned for doing delicious fresh seafood in a big way?


Doggone you, Joe Bartolotta!


312,120 different combinations? How to screw up a simple burger.


Since we're talking burgers...


Please. Can I just have a Big Mac?

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