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About Zarletti - Mequon
Zarletti Mequon: A dining experience designed by restauranteur, Brian Zarletti. The restaurant reflects Brian’s lifelong passion for Italian wine, food, and culture bringing a genuinità to Zarletti Mequon that can be felt throughout.
We hope you enjoy the simple, thoughtful cuisine. Whether it’s our Neopolitan pizza, hand-crafted in the wood-burning oven imported from Italy, or one of our many housemade pastas, each dish is prepared and presented with both appetite and aesthetic in mind.
We are thrilled to welcome you to the world of Italian food, wine, and fun! Buon appetito!
Mequon, WI 53092
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
Lunch 11am - 4pm
Dinner 4pm - 9pm
Lunch 11am - 4pm
Dinner 5pm - 10pm
Lunch 11am - 4pm
Dinner 4pm - 10pm
Brunch 11am - 2pm
Lunch 2pm - 4pm
Dinner 4pm - 9pm
Port Washington RD
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Tuesdays Pizza Night
50% off any Pizza
50% off wine by the glass
Select martinis available at $5
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether you’re gathered with family, friends, co-workers or colleagues, Zarletti Mequon’s Private Room will make all feel welcome.
Zarletti - Mequon Ratings and Reviews
Wait time between ordering and each course served was longer than the standard for a casual restaurant. Party of 8, 2 hours start to finish. The noise level of a full restaurant made conversation difficult. However, the food was excellent and the server was good.
Great service. We eat here at least once a month if not more. The service in the past few months was very inconsistent but not this time. Our server was the best we had in a while. Very attentive even though there was a big party being served at the same time.
Have been a Zarletti's regular since opening. This by far was our worst dining experience to date. Will be a while before we try again. The food and service has really taken a step back. No bread and oil was provided or offered with our salad and soup course. When asked we were advised we need to now request. This is poor service and offers little additional value at this restaurant's price points. Our server's wine suggestion - a "special organic" Pinot Grigio - was mediocre at best and seriously overpriced at $12/glass. We were not informed of price and when asked our opinion - which we provided - we got a fairly dismissive shrug. The soup of the day (lentil and sausage) was delicious, as was the pizza. The grilled chicken was dry and severely overcooked, the lemon sauce was terrible and had the consistency of runny gelatin. The vegetable of the day (zucchini and summer squash in marinara sauce) was overcooked and mushy though the sauce very good. At this point we did not want to try dessert instead opting for custard on the way home. On any future visit we will stick to the pizzas which are always good and stick with wine and beer selections we are familiar with.
Would not recommend--I checked in early with the hostess at the hostess stand, we were early for our reservation so I told her we would be at the bar; she said she'd come and get us when our tAble was ready; 30 min after our reservation time a different host asked us if we were there for dinner! Huh! He told me the hostess left for the night and didn't tell him we were there. We got our table finally, ordered an app and had no app plates to put our calamari on, when she finally checked on us our app was already gone; finally, our entire was to have green beans but we got a mix of slimy squash with no explanation why? Just not a good experience all the way around; service was probably the lowest part of the experience.
Really friendly, helpful staff. Burrata appetizer was great (add the prosciutto, that makes the dish), dinners were mixed. The two more traditional entrees (fish, veal) were excellent with generous portions. Pasta was average, as has been the case on several other visits. Not bad, not great. House red wine was really good. The sparkling rose was served with a straw - not quite sure what that was about, but it got a good chuckle from the table, so anything that makes you smile can't be bad. Been there several times, and it's def above average. We often sit and visit for a while and have never felt rushed by the staff - which is really appreciated.
A pleasant upscale/fine dining Italian restaurant with surprising value. Three glasses of wine, a pizza, one appetizers, one salad (shared) and one dessert for $62 - which is quite acceptable. Recommend the Apple & Gorgonzola pizza - wonderful. Caprese salad - very fresh. Fried olives - a bit different, but good. Jason Stephens Cab BTG - excellent.
Excellent in all aspects. Service was attentive and sincere, atmosphere is open yet quiet for conversation, and the food was creative. Fried olives for appetizer was different yet tasty. The braised short ribs with risotto was outstanding. At bit pricey but overall worth it.
Went here primarily to try the pizzas out of the Neopolitan wood-fired oven. While the crust was very good and had the requisite char on it, the Margharita (the standard of comparison for us) was a bit soggy. The flavor was good but always sad to see a floppy crust. The garlic sauce and spicy sausage pizza however was crisper and was the winner of the two--excellent flavors. The tiramisu made by Grandma Zarletti was superb. Our server Olivia was friendly and attentive.
They are no longer stuffing the olives with real blue cheese and they certainly don't taste good. Also, the food was horrible. I have eaten there at least several times and it's always been great, but all three of us had terrible food. I recommended the restaurant and my friends were not happy. I had The veal piccata and it was breaded which I have never seen before and soggy and greasy. The breading just fell off in a big mess. Dinner was a huge disappointment. The only saving grace was the bartender who was very friendly and nice. We will not be coming back.
My friends and I go here every few weeks and always enjoy it. This visit we had a server who was new, and she was delightful. Friendly, prompt and eager to answer questions. There was also a new menu, and one of my favorite dishes (Spaghetti Carbonara) was deleted, so I asked if the kitchen would make it "off menu" for me. Server said they were happy to oblige, but what was served was a new dish (Strozzapreti Pancetta) on the menu that was good, but definitely not Carbonara. That was very disappointing. The dish was fine and would have been my fall back, so I smiled and accepted it, but I wish the kitchen would have just said no instead of hoping I wouldn't notice. We had the Burrata appetizer with prosciutto and it was wonderful, prepared perfectly. My dining companions both had the grilled salmon salad and both enjoyed it, saying it was well prepared.
Zarletti's Mequon is a very upscale Italian restaurant with a modern feel. Starters are superb and the main course pastas are inventive and tasty. We had the daily special which was a lamb ravioli in a slightly spicy, red sauce. Fantastic! If you are looking for a business lunch, or a good place for a night out for fancy Italian, this is it.
The service was good but the food is average. We ordered an appetizers of tenderloin bites and they lacked flavor and were a little dry. Some of our guests ordered pasta which was good but average. The salmon was good but was told it was medium and came out well done.
The bill with wine and a few beers was $200.00 with tip not worth the $$.
The food is bland and definitely not worth it. For the prices they charge, they should serve very, very good to great Italian food. Dishes do not taste like they are prepared fresh and the ingredients are tasteless. I would recommend going to almost any other Italian place in Milwaukee. I will not go back.
We had a rare night out with friends. I chose Zarletti because my husband wanted Italian. We were not disappointed. The fried olives were amazing, pastas were delicious. Kudos to the wait staff for handling a very busy evening with a large group of teens (who were very kind and courteous). We'd definitely go back!
I took my boyfriend to Zarletti- Mequon for his birthday. We had a great waitress, who was very prompt at welcoming us, asking for our order, and checking on us. Together, my date and I decided to split a few dishes on the menu, and they were very accommodating of requests. The food was hot, and unique. Some dishes we would try again, others, not so much. We had only two concerns: the fact that where we sat was very cold (by the front window) to the point where it felt like there was a wind blowing, and that we were placed next to the area where the waiters placed their orders, and we felt as if our conversations were being listened to.
Having seen this spot listed as one of the 30 top restaurants in Milwaukee, I booked a party of 4. I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed.
Our group was seated in a timely fashion by the Host. We then waited what I considered a long time before our waitress arrived with menus. From that point on, every wait was longer than I thought was appropriate, water, drinks, refills to water..... You get the picture.
We shared a couple of aps among the four of us. The Fried Olives were well received, while I found the Saffron Arancini disappointing; not crisp, and less heated through than I expect.
We all found the salads outstanding, both the Spinach, and the Chopped that was also shared.
Entrees eventually arrived and they were hit and miss. I ordered the Spaghetti Della Nonna. I thought the sauce uninteresting, and the meatballs less than I expect at a highly rated Italian Restaurant. The others ordered the Roasted Chicken, (Possibly the smallest bird I've ever seen described as a chicken, which was lucky, as she found it not to her taste.) the Strauss Veal, (a winner, well seasoned and perfectly cooked.) and the Grilled Pork Chop, (Yet another great offering.)
I finished with the Cheesecake, which was fantastic. The rest of the deserts included a Chocolate cake offering that was unfinished and removed from our bill, a Tiramisu, which was as expected, and a sorbet offering that I did not try as it was described as "swamped with liquer".
Overall, as I said earlier, far less than I expect from one of the "Top 30 restaurants in Milwaukee"
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