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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
Zarletti - Mequon Ratings and Reviews
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"
We met friends here and enjoyed a leisurely lunch with them. The noise level was conducive to conversation. The pizza offerings were unique and very tasty. Ever had a butternut squash pizza? It's great! We'll be back again to try out the apple and Gorgonzola pizza.
Went to dinner with my grandson and his girlfriend. We all ordered a different pizza and none of us were disappointed. Each one was delicious. The service was excellent - very attentive. Water glasses were refilled without ever needing to ask. I have dined here several times and have never been disappointed.
We have enjoyed many meals at Zarletti's in downtown Milwaukee, but not here in Mequon. We had reservation and requested table not next to window since it was cold, but were told none were available when restaurant was only 25% full. Saw other couples seated at tables for 4 after us. Entrees were served when I was only half-way through salad, just plopped on table without comment. Salad, Chicken and asparagus tasted great, but pasta was mushy (not al dente) and cold. Meatballs had funny taste. Issues were not addressed. Waiter barely came back to table. Water was never refilled. Much potential with this location, but very poor hospitality and service.
First time at Zarletti's in Mequon - have wanted to try for quite some time. Read the previous reviews and it appeared to be 50/50 so I was optimistic. It was wonderful. We got there early as it was theater night, table ready for us. Service was admirable - not so much hovering but always promptly there when needed. Food was absolutely great. I grew up on northern Italian dishes and it reminded me of grandma's Sunday table. Tried the fried olives for the first time and should have ordered 2 right away. Yummy! There were 3 of us and we all ordered different things. Pizza with apple and gorgonzola smelled delicious, my Strauss Veal Marsala was wonderful - had it with linguini noodles and oilio and some added grated parmeson - very favorful. My daughter had the roasted ribs which was out of this world. Salad again like grandma made. A true dining experience. We definitely will be back.
Me and my boyfriend went here for dinner on New Year's Eve. This was our first time at Zarletti. We loved the apple gorgonzola pizza and strozzapreti pancetta that we got as our entrees. Ordered bruschetta as an appetizer after our soup, but received the meal before the appetizer came out and the waitress never addressed the lack of appetizer. Our waitress was very nice and polite, but she talked us into getting a second round of drinks and then they did not get to our table for another 20-30 minutes and we had already completed our meal by the time they came. Overall, I would like to try this restaurant again as the food was very good and I enjoyed the romantic atmosphere for a special occasion like New Year's Eve. Hoping the service lives up to everything else next time.
Our wait person, Sarah was fantastic. She was polite, knowledgeable and charming. I have never had fried olives and they are now my new addiction! The cocktails were wonderful and dinner was amazing, of course we had a pizza in addition to a pasta entree. And mama makes dessert, who can say "no"?? ....the panna cotta was heavenly.
Second time there with a bad experience. No one to greet us, stood by entrance for 5 minutes before someone came. Had reservations but when they walked us to the table it was not set up for 4. Had to wait while that happened and the person doing it stopped to talk to customers at another table. Just stood there in the middle of the restaurant waiting. Very uncomfortable. It was a business lunch and I was embarrassed. Will not go there again.
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