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Free Food Friday on 540 ESPN Milwaukee D-List with Amy and Carlo.

Listen to our D-List interview on 540 ESPN Milwaukeewith Dan Needles and Drew Olson.

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ESPN Interview with the D-List


Recommended by former NBA player and frequent ESPN Milwaukee guest Tony Smith, Trattoria di Carlo and ESPN Milwaukee have enjoyed partnering together since June of 2010. ESPN Milwaukee has strived to promote Trattoria di Carlo’s authentic Sicilian food and our wide array of services. Trattoria di Carlo’s sponsorship of The D-List List has reminded listeners each week to stop in often while Tony Smith’s voice on the commercials add a refreshing reminder to fans! ESPN Milwaukee and Trattoria Di Carlo look forward to the continuation of their partnership.

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Wedding and Special Event Catering


Here at Trattoria di Carlo we do a lot of different styles of catering from weddings to corporate parties and everything in between.  We have seen a lot of different ideas through out the years. Some that work and others that don’t. We thought we’d take the opportunity tomilwaukee catering, di carlo share a little of our knowledge as well as offer tips to planning your special event.

One of the first things you need to after deciding on date for your event, is decide on a budget.  Talk to ALL the people that will be involved in contributing weather it be just you or a group of people say a committee or your parents.  You don’t want to get ahead of yourself with planning and then find out later that you don’t have as big of as a budget as you thought, or vise versa. 

 Next you want to do research.  Research different venues some places will only allow certain things, and your idea of a perfect event may not fit into that.  Also you want to be and research costs of different services you will need. Most likely if you are planning a wedding it is the first time and you may not know what to expect as far as prices of different things. Such as Dj Services, Limo Services, Catering services, Flowers and even dresses and Men’s wear.  It is important to research these topics so you not only know if you are getting a fair competitive price but also so you know how to setup your budget accordingly.  Courtesy of here is a budget breakdown on what you can expect to spend your money on 

Reception: 48%-50%
Ceremony: 2%-3%
Attire: 8%-10%
Flowers: 8%-10%
Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
Stationery: 2%-3%
Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
Gifts: 2%-3%
Miscellaneous: 8%

  • To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.
  • If you’re paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.

It is also important to decide what is important to you.  If you feel that flowers are going to make or break your event than be sure not to scrimp on this area. However, there are many people who just don’t think flowers are that big of deal and maybe think that Music is what makes a good event, well then this will be the area you do not want cut back on. 

Trattoria di Carlo & Pizzeria Receives 2010 Best of Business Award

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Trattoria di Carlo & Pizzeria Receives 2010 Best of Business Award

Small Business Commerce Association’s Award Honors the Achievement

SAN FRANCISCO, January 10, 2010, Trattoria di Carlo & Pizzeria has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Italian restaurant category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)

The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that Trattoria di Carlo & Pizzeria has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Italian restaurant category.

The SBCA 2010 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.

About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)

Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.

SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association

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Trattoria di Carlo Wine and Dine blog


Here at Trattoria di Carlo we believe there is no greater combination than great food, great wine and great friends.  With over a 100 wines to choose from when you visit di Carlo, we thought it would be nice to give you a little wine background and maybe a few wine tips and basically just discuss wine in general. 

So, where do we begin? How about starting at the begining.

One might ask what is the difference between red wine and white wine? Basically it comes down to the type of grape, fermintation and of course the finished product.

The grapes used are significatnly different between red and white, because of the color. Even though the juice from most grapes is basically clear the color of the skin is what is going to give the wine color.

During the fermintation process, more pressing of the red grapes releases more tannins and colors into the wine, which is how we get that deep, velvety color and flavor of red wines. After the fermenting process, the wine is likely to be stored, matured and conditioned in oak barrels for several months. This adds additional wood tannins and flavors. Since this would most likely overpower the subtler flavors of white wines, only Chardonnay and a few others are aged in oak.  However, these same tannins, help intensify and add richness to a red wine.

In the end this is why red wines have such rich flavors with real meaty, spicy atributes and why white wines have such lighter, fruiter flovors and smells.

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