Atmosphere, service and, above all, food make Lombardino's, 2500 University Ave., one of the best Italian restaurants in Madison, writes Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick.
A fast look at a few of the events going on in the area this week.
According to the Four Dishes, walking into Fanatico's in Whitewater is like walking into your neighborhood restaurant. You're greeted with a friendly hello, and then guided to one of several booths or to a table hidden by white linen.
Monona's Waypoint Public House is the latest restaurant from the group that brought the Free House Pub to Middleton and Flying Hound Pub to Fitchburg.
If you're pining for the glitz and glamour of a bygone era, the Four Dishes think Clara Bo in Beloit might be just the place for you.
Buraka specializes in East African cuisine with an emphasis on Ethiopian recipes. It reopened in March in the building that used to house Jolly Bob's Caribbean restaurant on Williamson Street.
The Gazette's new restaurant review team, the Four Dishes, offer their take on the popular GR's Sandwich Shoppe, 2100 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville.
Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick was impressed with Café Hollander's impressive building, but the restaurant's food wasn't on the same level, he writes.
Gazette restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno had wanted to visit Deininger's Restaurant in New Glarus restaurant before it closed up in 2013. Kristi's, an eatery with a flair for Mexican tastes, now occupies the Victorian house with the wide porch that sits on the side of a steep hill overlooking the village.
The Avenue Bar operated for decades as a classic supper club on Madison's East Washington Avenue. Food Fight Restaurant Group took over the operation in 2011, renovating it and reopening it as The Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar.