On Saturday night, amidst the potential for an armageddon of snow, we drove in the pouring rain to downtown Milwaukee. Tucked next to one of Milwaukee’s iconic German restaurants is a hip and trendy Italian restaurant called Tutto. I found this restaurant on Yelp. It promised to be a restaurant that I might like or really hate. The reviews all were good when it came to the food. However, the discussions surrounding the ambience were leaving mixed messages. Some really liked the place. Others thought they had landed in the wrong restaurant. I’ll admit, it’s loud, sportsbar-like feel doesn’t fit the quality of the food.
We ordered fried eggplant for an appetizer. I’m a huge fan of this at Balistreri’s on 68th street in Wauwatosa. I must say that Tutto did an equally good job with their eggplant. The strips were fried to perfection without soaking up the frying oil. They were dusted with parmesan and accompanied with a vibrant marinara. Excellent starter!
I had the baked penne in Bolognese. It was also quite good. The dish was ample and used what appeared to be the same marinara base as the eggplant. They added meat to the Bolognese sauce. I’m not an expert on Bolognese, having made it from scratch only a few times. I will say that I think this is more along the lines of Bolognese-like than what I’ve read and made myself.
Regardless, we WILL be going back. I can’t wait to try their other dishes. I highly recommend this bustling hot spot in Milwaukee.
1033 Old World Third St