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Jetmir’s Wine Wednesday Specials at di Carlo’s


Trattoria di Carlo is starting a Wine Wednesday special. We will be offering select bottles of wine at a special price – Wednesdays only. Here’s the list of wines that Jetmir has personally selected. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing wine special!


Original Cost

Jetmir’s Special

White Wines    
Falaghina del Fuedi (Italian White Blend)  $65 $40
Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay    $45 $30
Ponzi Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon)   $35 $25
Dono Paula Torrontes (Argentina)   $35 $25
  Sofia Blanc de Blanc (Monterry County)  $40 $25
Schramsberg Brut Rose (Nappa Valley, California)    $53 $35
Red Wines    
Groom Shiraz (Australia 2010)   $55 $35
Barolo Valtigliano (Italy 2005)    $55 $35
Pappillam 2006 Napa Valley Red Blend
Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc  
 $75 $55
HDV Red Blend (Carnros 2003)    $80 $60
Merlot Cabernet Coronato Bolgheri 2005 Red Blend (Italy)    $80 $60
  Flora Springs Trilogy 2006 Red Blend (California)  $85 $65
  Chateau St. Jean Cing Cepages (Sonoma) 2004  $100 $70
Vine Cliff 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)    $80 $60

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5 Mouthwatering Valentine’s Day Specials at Di Carlo’s


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Have you made plans yet with your special someone? Trattoria di Carlo is here to help. We have some very special Valentine entrees for you to enjoy. 

Valentine's Day SpecialsLinguini Sugo di Gamberi

Large shrimp and large bay sea scallops sautéed with roasted garlic cherry tomato simmered with a light brandy tossed with linguini $18.95

Salsiccia di Maiale & Costate di Manzo & Polenta

Braised beef short ribs and home made Italian sausage simmered in hearty red sauce for hours, with carrots celery pearl onions and peas. Served over creamy Parmesan polenta  $21.95

New York Strip alla Frank Sinatra

12oz. choice cut New York strip char grilled and cooked to your liking. Topped with a roasted shrimp Dijon butter sauce. Comes with parmesan-roasted potatoes $28.50

Pollo alla Carlo

Dusted chicken breast pan roasted and simmered in a roasted garlic wine sauce that has jumbo Sicilian olives sliced roasted potatoes and topped with prosciutto mozzarella $18.95

Pescie del Giorno

Pan seared Atlantic grouper and lump crab meat simmered in a traditional tomato broth with cherry tomatoes red onions leak chickpeas black lentils served over a bed of quinoa  $22.50

Be sure to contact us and make a reservation at di Carlo’s this Valentine’s Day to help complete this special day.

Christmas Catering Perfect for Your Holiday Parties


Christmas is right around the corner.  And di Carlo wants to help make sure everything is perfect for this special holiday. Let us take care of dinner for you, so you can focus more on family time. We’ll be open until 4:00pm on Christmas Eve. Come by and pick up a pan of lasagna or any of our entrées on our On-the-Go catering menu. Our full pans serve 15-20 people, and our half pans serve 6-8 people. Also, you can order it cold, so you can heat the pans yourself on Christmas Day! 

On-the-Go catering includes self-served disposable aluminum pans. Each pan comes with garlic bread, Parmesan cheese, and extra red sauce. View our entire On-the-Go Catering Menu to see the list of appetizers and entrées available in pans.

For more information about our On-the-Go catering, or any of our other catering services, please contact us.

Christmas Traditions of the Sicilian Culture


Christmas is such a special time of the year, filled with family, friends, food, and festivities.  Everyone has their traditions for the holidays, whether it’s getting the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, listening to Christmas music 24/7, or cooking those secret family recipes made for the holidays.

Sicilian Christmas Traditions and RecipesThe Sicilian culture has their own set of traditions for the holiday season as well. Here are some Sicilian traditions that are practiced each year.

  • Families start decorating their homes and celebrating Christmas around December 8. Nativity scenes are also set up, as is the widespread custom.
  • Serious eating begins on Christmas Eve, December 24, and tends to continue for 24 hours. Sweets and desserts are of upmost importance.
  • Presents are opens after the Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Traditionally, lasagna is supposed to bring good luck, and is the main course at the New Year’s dinner, the following week.  And at midnight, Spumate is opened to ring in the New Year.
  • The end of Christmas comes on Epiphany, January 6.

Many traditional Sicilian recipes are made during this time of the year as well.

  • Sfincione: pizza dough covered with tomato sauce, onions, sardines, “caciocavallo” cheese, breadcrumbs, and olive oil
  • Cobaita: a nougat made with honey and sesame seeds, or walnuts and almonds
  • Nugatoli: cookies stuffed with chopped almonds, chopped pistachios, and cinnamon
  • Cosi Chini: pastries stuffed with dried figs and almonds
  • Buccellati: pastries stuffed with dried figs, raisins, almonds, walnuts, pine seeds, sugar, and candied orange peel

Every culture has their own traditions during the holiday. These are just a few from the Sicilian culture. What are some traditions you celebrate in your family? Share them with us!

Let us make your Christmas dinner for you! We have Everything you might need for you dinner of 4 people or 40 people. View our On the Go Catering menu and find what you need for the Holidays.

Trattoria di Carlo featured in Local Milwaukee News


Trattoria di Carlo is honored to be featured this week in two Milwaukee and Oak Creek media outlets:

According to the author Mark Schaaf, Trattoria di Carlo “reigns as arguably Oak Creek’s most popular restaurant.” Read the entire article.

M Magazine

Martin Hintz of M Magazine features Trattoria di Carlo as one of M Magazines favorite Italian restaurants.  Read the M Magazine review here.

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The Ultimate Company Holiday Party Planning Guide


The holidays are a special time of the year. Friends and family come together for food, fun, and, of course, presents. It shouldn’t be a stressful time, spent worrying about having the perfect holiday menu, and planning and preparing all the essential items. Stress takes away from the importance of the holidays and the time you’re spending with your guests.

Holiday Party Planning and CateringTo help ease the stress when planning and preparing for your company holiday party, we’re sharing with you a planning checklist to ensure your party turns out just the way you want.

1. Plan a Secret Santa or gift swap with your co-workers to limit the number of gift purchases. Decide any other forms of games you may want at the party.

2. Reserve a location for the event as soon as possible, if required.

3. Determine the holiday menu and order food from a caterer. If you are not having food from a caterer, determine how much food you will need and buy in bulk.

  • Are you just going to be serving appetizers or will it be a full meal?
  • Are there any food allergies you need to be aware of?
  • Are the guests asked to provide any side dishes?

4. Decide on a guest list then order and send party invitations with at least one week between the RSVP date and the date of the holiday party.

  • It’s also important to coordinate a date before sending the invitations, to help ensure that everyone can attend the event.

5. Prepare any party ware you may need, if the event is not catered. Determine if you’re going to use plastic utensils and plates or china.  Also, decide what type of glassware you would like to use, depending on the beverages that will be provided.

6. Create a seating chart and table arrangements, if necessary.

7. Decorate the location of the event with table decorations, Christmas lights and/or candles, a Christmas tree, and whatever else you would like to spruce up the place.

8. Have entertainment before the meal such as background music or a DJ.

9. Find a photographer if you would like pictures, and even video, of the event.

10. Enjoy the party, the meal, and your guests!

By following this checklist, you are sure you have a spectacular company event that your guests will not forget.

At di Carlo, we provide catering to holiday parties. Please contact us for more information if you would like to host your party at our restaurant, if you would like us to cater your event at a different location, or if you would like to order your holiday meal from us. We would love to be a part of your holiday celebrations.

Happy 10th Anniversary di Carlo!


Trattoria di Carlo wants to thank you for 10 years of loyalty! A $5.00 menu is being offered with special prices on our core menu items from Monday, Dec. 3, – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

These entrées are available for PICK UP ONLY. No more than 4 entrees from the $5 menu per order/visit. Enjoy these entrees for $5:

  • 14” cheese & 1 topping pizza (regular or extra thin crust only)
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Gnocchi with red sauce

There are also Anniversary Bar Specials that loyalty members can partake in, at the BAR ONLY.

  • $2 – Domestic Bottle Beer
  • $2 – Tap Beer
  • $5 – Chicken wings (8pcs)
  • $5 – 14” one topping pizza (regular or extra thin crust only)

Along with the special $5 menu and the bar specials, we also have these entrée specials:

  • Pasta special 14.95
    Carlo’s signature homemade sauce made with his homegrown tomatoes sautéed with roasted chicken pieces asparagus and spinach tossed with freshly cooked Fettuccini.
  • Seafood special 18.95
    Oven roasted tilapia topped with casino sauce that has pearl onions crispy apple wood bacon white wine lemon zest and chopped bell peppers. Then we sprinkle seasoned roasted breadcrumbs over the top. Served with side of spaghetti with red sauce.
  • Chicken special   18.95
    Chicken scaloppini lightly dusted pan roasted simmered in a roasted garlic white wine sauce that has sun dried tomatoes spinach and jumbo Sicilian olives. Served with a side of Sicilian style veggie frittata.
  • Steak special   22.50
    Choice cut 12 oz. New York strip steak seasoned with cracked pepper and sea salt cooked to your liking. Topped with roasted shiitake and portabella mushroom. Served with a side Parmesan encrusted mashed potatoes.

Come and join di Carlo as we celebrate 10 years of loyalty and partake in these mouth-watering specials!

Not part of our Loyalty Program, but interested in joining to enjoy these specials? Becoming a member is simple! Ask to join the Loyalty Program and start receiving the many benefits from Trattoria di Carlo!

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6 Resources To Help You Plan Your Perfect Wedding


Are you in the process of planning a wedding? Would you like some help finding ideas perfect for you? Let us help you!  

We’ve put together a list of resources and guides from the Milwaukee area to help you find whatever you may need, whether it is a DJ, photographer, or florist.

Also, when planning your wedding, don’t forget about us. We offer catering for weddings, and have a list of preferred venues in Southeastern Wisconsin. View our Wedding Packet for menu options or request more catering information.

This is a special day for you and you deserve the best. Use these resources to remove added stress and ensure everything is just right.

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Develop a Relationship with Your Wedding Vendors – You’ll be Happy You Did


The following is a guest post by Angela Quigley. Angela is the co-founder of Married In Milwaukee, a wedding company that helps connect Milwaukee brides with Milwaukee vendors. She runs Milwaukee’s top wedding blog,, where she writes about all things Milwaukee weddings.

When my husband and I started our Milwaukee weddings website a few years ago, the only wedding vendors we knew were the ones we used for our own wedding. Fast forward to today and we’ve developed relationships with vendors all over town and suggest that you do the same.

Planning your wedding can be time-consuming, stressful and scary. Most brides and grooms haven’t planned an event this big ever, so having vendors you can lean on for help makes a big difference.  Not to mention it can help ease the planning process and make it fun, just like it should be!

Here’s what I feel are the top five reasons to develop a relationship with your wedding vendors:

1. Get to Know the Real Person Behind the Business

Developing a relationship lets you get to know the real person that can make or break your big day. You’ll be spending a lot of time with some of your vendors, so get to know them and enjoy their company.

For example, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your wedding photographer. Without getting to know them personality, you might end up with someone you don’t “click” with. This isn’t good since you’ll be spending the majority of your wedding day with them.

2. Doing Business With Friends is Better

People like to do business with friends. In fact, much of the business we do over at is with our friends and we like it that way. Also, when you do business with friends you might get inside information or specials that other brides wouldn’t.

Let’s say your wedding caterer is working on some new catering options. They might not feel comfortable talking to just anyone about these. However, if you have a relationship with them they might bring it up and it could be exactly what you were looking for.

3. Get Referrals to Top Wedding Vendors

One thing I’ve learned is that many Milwaukee wedding vendors know each other and many of them are personal friends with one another. This can work in your benefit – If you develop a relationship with your vendors they will be more-likely to refer you to their friends making your entire day everything you’ve dreamed of.

4. Get Help With an Urgent Problem

I don’t want to freak you out, but problems can happen on your wedding day. For example, let’s say you hired a limo service and they don’t show up (yes, I’ve heard of this happening). An experienced wedding vendor might be able to help you out, make some calls and get another limo service for you. Problem solved!

5. It Makes Things More Fun

Let’s be honest, as stressful as planning your wedding can be, once the big day comes you just want to have fun. And why not make your wedding vendors part of that fun? If you’ve developed good relationships they will be.

Another fun part – giving referrals! Once you’re married you’ll no doubt have friends who will tie the knot after you. And, yes, they will ask for referrals. You’ll be more-likely to refer a vendor you have a relationship with and can trust.

Annual Fall Wine Dinner Hosted at di Carlo Restaurant


Trattoria di Carlo is once again hosting their annual Fall Wine Dinner. This special event features wines from Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Join the di Carlo family on Thursday, November 1, to partake in the wine dinner. Registration opens at 6:00pm, with dinner starting at 6:30pm. The dinner includes four courses:

First Course –

  • Smoke Salmon Crostini
  • Assorted imported and domestic specialty cheese
  • Bruschetta with a sun dried tomato Sicilian olive and herb spread
  • Featuring: Decoy Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Second Course –

  • Butternut squash ravioli in a home made pesto sauce
  • Featuring: Migration Chardonnay 2011

Third Course –

  • Veal Medallions – choice cut veal medallions roasted and simmered with a potatoes wild mushroom and onions with a wine reduction
  • Featuring: Duckhorn Merlot 2009 and Paraduxx Zinfandel Blend 2009

Fourth Course –

  • Pedone family famous Cannoli Cake
  • Featuring: Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The Annual Fall Wine Dinner is $79.00 plus tax and gratuity. If you would like to reserve your place for the event, contact Jeti at 414-768-0001 or at [email protected]

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