About Balistreri’s Restaurants

James Balistreri knows a good thing when he sees it. When a popular restaurant on Blue Mound Road announced that it was closing, Jim knew that it would be perfect for the second location of Balistreri’s.

“I honestly couldn’t have imagined anyone else owning it,” said Jim. In its short three year existence as Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn, this latest addition has quickly become a favorite among people looking for fine dining in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

The same great pizzas are available at the Bluemound Inn as at the legendary 68th Street location, but the Blue Mound address specializes in steaks, fresh fish and more elaborate Italian specialties.

Jim Balistreri’s History

In 1954 I started doing prep work for my uncles at Bella Food Service on 35th Street and Clybourn (Merrill Park Neighborhood). This was Milwaukee’s first pizza business to deliver. In 1958 I wen to work at the Caradaro Club on East Erie Street. I made pizzas and worked their until I was draft in 1964. In the fall of 1966 I opened my first restaurant on 58th Street and Villard Avenue. I cooked, served and managed the business. In 1967 I opened a second restaurant on 49th Street and Burleigh Street and in the fall of that year opened the third restaurant on 163rd Street and National Avenue. In 1968 I opened Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante on 68th Street and Wells Street in Wauwatosa. In 1996 I opened Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn on 65th Street and Blue Mound Road. Because of the longevity of our employees and my Vice President/General Manager Tom Siever, we continue in an atmosphere on solid tradition in two locations, 68th and Wells ands 65th and Blue Mound. Business is thriving.

– Jim Balistreri

Our Services

Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn is a full service restaurant we feature a full bar including wine list, draft beer, martinis, and ice cream drinks. The menus we have are lunch, dinner, late night, pizza, and dessert which are available for dine in and carry out.

We have outdoor patio seating and have dining areas are able to accommodate handicap needs. Private parties are accepted with prior reservations and we can provide service for groups up to 45 in each dining room. Sunday Brunch is available as is our Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day Buffets. Other services offered are shuttle service to Milwaukee sporting and theater events. Reservations are accepted for all meal times.

Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante this Milwaukee institution has been serving for over four decades and offers lunch and dinner. Dine in and carry out is also available along with a wine list and draft beer selections. We offer a variety of desserts and prepare classic Milwaukee Italian cuisine. Lunch reservations are accepted, no dinner reservations, first come first serve.

Both locations accept American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Master Card, and Visa. Sorry no personal checks accepted. Gift Certificates are available at both restaurants and are valid at both locations.