di Carlo’s Italian Restaurant Blog

3rd Annual Golf Classic Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Amy Plennes on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Trattoria di Carlo is once again hosting the di Carlo Golf Classic benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin on Thursday, August 21, at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, WI.

Event Info:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meadowbrook Country Club
2149 N Green Bay Rd.
Racine, WI. 53405

$135 Per Golfer
$80 MCC Members

Price Includes:

  • Golf Fees with cart
  • Cook out
  • Lunch
  • Dinner provided by Trattoria di Carlo
  • On-course beverages of water and soda
  • 4 raffle tickets


  • Registration & Check-In
  • Driving Range & Putting Practice


  • Lunch


  • Shotgun Start


  • Dinner /Cash Bar
  • Raffle Winners Drawn

Silent Auction Opens After Golf. 

  • Features Packer, Wisconsin, MLB, and other Memorabilia.

To sign up, please download the brochure, fill out the form and send to Trattoria di Carlo, or contact Amy Plennes.

8469 S Howell Ave.
Oak Creek, WI. 53154

Phone: 414-768-0001
Fax: 414-768-7278
E-mail: [email protected]

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Presenting Sponsor- $3000
    • Prime recognition, foursome of golf, tee sign.
  • Course Sponsor: $1500
    • Recognition during event, foursome of golf, logo placement throughout course
  • Dinner Sponsor: $1500
    • Recognition during event, foursome of golf, logo on centerpieces during dinner
  • Lunch Sponsor: $1500
    • Recognition during event, foursome of golf, logo placement throughout event
  • Corporate Sponsor: $1000
    • Corporate signage during event, foursome of golf
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: $500 (2 available)
    • Recognition during event, sign on all beverage carts
  • Ball Washer Sponsor: $250
    • Signage at all ball washing station on course
  • Hole Sponsor: $300
    • Signage at hole (18 available)
  • Raffle Item Donation:
    • Any and all items to be raffled off are welcomed and appreciated

The Mission of the Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child’s illness or injury. We provide a home away from home and caring outreach initiatives.

A Place of Healing and Hope

The Ronald McDonald House is a place where the children come first. It is a privilege to work with our families, to try to make life a little easier. We are inspired daily by the outpouring of love and compassion that we see at the House. Ronald McDonald House provides a sense of community – of knowing you’re not alone even when you’re so far from home. To visit the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee is to realize that, beyond the foundation of the building itself, there also lies the foundation of an engaged and committed community that understand and are dedicated to making the lives of our families just a little easier, and their burdens a little more bearable.

Since 1984, the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee has provided a home away from home for over 33, 000 families of hospitalized children. We offer a place to call home at little or no cost so families can afford the best care and stay together which helps their child heal faster.

Besides a place to stay, we offer families a community of over 500 volunteers that care deeply and are dedicated to making their lives a little easier. We provide support through family dinners, art therapy, dog therapy, music, wellness programs and more. Above all, the House offers the emotional support and common friendship of other families in very similar situations.

Families are stronger when they are together, which helps a child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot ease the pain of the children and their families’ experience, we can help lessen their burden and ensure children have access to quality medical care by providing their families a place to stay.

Children with serious illnesses need more than quality medical attention. They need emotional support and understanding from their families. Families, in turn, need a place where they can draw additional strength and find stability when a child is seriously ill. Families forced to travel a distance to obtain medical care often find that their day-to-day problems are compounded by lengthy separation from home and unimaginable financial uncertainties.

The Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee is a place of healing where children come first. 

Tender hearts and tender hands call the Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House their home.

Tags: Events, Milwaukee, Golf Classic, Trattoria di Carlo

Annual Spring Wine Dinner at Trattoria di Carlo

Posted by Amy Plennes on Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Join di Carlo for the Annual Spring Wine Dinner!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:00pm

Featuring Wines from The Antinori Family

1st Course:

  • Shrimp Presto Bruschetta
  • Gorgonzala Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto


  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso: Scalabrone Rosé
  • Antica: Chardonnay

2nd Course:

  • Eggplant, Roasted Pulled Chicken and Sundried Tomato Lasagna with Creamy Alfredo Sauce


  • Tormaresca: Neprica

3rd Course:

  • Filet Mignon, Char-Grilled & Carolo’s Famous Stuffed Shrimp over Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes


  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso: Il Bruciato, Bolgheri
  • St. Michelle: Col Solare

4th Course:

  • Carlo’s Surprise Dessert


  • Chateau Ste Michelle: Riesling

Cost for this event is $68/person. (Tax and gratuity not included.)

Please contact Jetmir for reservations at 414-768-0001 or [email protected].

Tags: Events, Italian Dinner, Milwaukee, Wine Dinner, Wine, Trattoria di Carlo

Trattoria di Carlo Recognized for Charitable Work and 10th Anniversary

Posted by Amy Plennes on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

Oak Creek mayor, Steve Scaffidi, honored Trattoria di Carlo and owner Carlo Pedone for their charitable contributions to the Haley Rae Cabreza fundraiser.

The restaurant was also recognized for recently celebrating its 10th Anniversary in December 2012.

Read the full article.

Tags: Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Trattoria di Carlo, Anniversary

Trattoria di Carlo featured in Local Milwaukee News

Posted by Amy Plennes on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

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


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


Tags: Italian Dinner, Milwaukee, Italian Restaurant, Trattoria di Carlo

Happy 10th Anniversary di Carlo!

Posted by Amy Plennes on Mon, Dec 03, 2012 @ 04:00 PM

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!

Join The di Carlo Loyalty Program

Tags: Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Trattoria di Carlo, Anniversary

6 Resources To Help You Plan Your Perfect Wedding

Posted by Amy Plennes on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

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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Tags: Milwaukee, Weddings, Catering

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

Posted by Amy Plennes on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 02:44 PM

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, MarriedInMilwaukee.com, 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 MarriedInMilwaukee.com 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.

Tags: Milwaukee, Weddings, Vendors

Milwaukee Pizza and Wing Specials on Game Days

Posted by Amy Plennes on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

Are you hosting the next football party and not sure what food to pass around? Trattoria di Carlo can help! Bring the party to our Milwaukee Italian restaurant or bring the food to the party. On Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, we have game day deals available for our loyalty members. 

Choose from our different game day specials, available for pickup or delivery, or order from the di Carlo bar.

  • 14” Regular crust one topping pizza – $8.50
  • 18” Regular crust one topping pizza – $14.00
  • Add 16 pcs hot or mild wings for only $8.00
    *Wings cannot be purchased at discount price without pizza purchase
  • Enjoy 5 for $14 domestic bottles only at the bar – available 7 days a week 

Not a Loyalty member but interested in becoming one? Register for our loyalty program to receive this special game day offer.

Milwaukee Football Pizza Specials

Tags: Milwaukee, Pizza, Italian Restaurant

Milwaukee Italian Restaurant Ready to ‘Cook’ Things Off at Festa Italiana

Posted by Amy Plennes on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 @ 12:33 AM

Celebrate your Italian heritage this weekend by joining Trattoria di Carlo at Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana. This is a special year for the festival, as they celebrate 35 years of festivities. It’s also special for di Carlo because it is the first time the Italian restaurant will be at the festival.

At the festival, new menu items will be featured, which include:

  • di Carlo Vodka Four Cheese Lasagna Pocket– topped with Carlo’s signature Vodka Pink sauce with roasted garlic and spinach. $7.50
  • di Carlo Bolognese Four Cheese Lasagna Pocket– topped with our famous Bolognese sauce with peas. $7.50
  • Sicilian Bomb Pizzaiola– Tender breaded steak sandwich topped with our delicious red sauce, bell peppers and onions. $7.50
  • Chicken Stromboli– Spinach and Roasted Chicken. $6.50
  • Italian Sausage Stromboli– Italian sausage, spinach and black olives. $6.50
  • Mozzarella Sticks– $6.50
  • Breaded Zucchini– $6.50
  • Toasted Cheese Ravioli– $6.50

Our Milwaukee Italian restaurant is excited to share the new menu at the festival and celebrate the Italian heritage.

Contact di Carlo for more information about our full menu, or catering services.

Join The di Carlo Loyalty Program

Tags: Milwaukee, Festa Italiana

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

Posted by Steve James on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 09:05 AM

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

Play Interview on ESPN Milwaukee

Milwaukee Football Pizza Specials

Tags: Milwaukee, catering tips