225 So. Mia Famiglia Opens in Waukesha with a More Casual Approach

225so Mia FamigliaOriginal article: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/304733291.html

225 So. Mia Famiglia is open in downtown Waukesha, the re-imagined version of the Italian restaurant Mia Famiglia that closed in Hales Corners this year.

Chef Tom White Jr. again is in the kitchen and other family members still are helping to operate the restaurant at 225 South St., but 225 So. is a more casual version of the previous restaurant. The menu focuses on small plates, panini, burgers and flatbreads, although daily specials typically include a couple of entrées.

The small plates include charcuterie ($12), gratinato of artichoke, spinach, tomato and cheeses ($9) and fried cremini mushrooms ($8). Diners will find a farmer’s salad ($9) with roasted beets, green beans, fingerling potatoes, spinach and hot bacon vinaigrette, topped with a fried egg, among a half-dozen salads.

Pastas include whole wheat pappardelle ($14) with shortrib and fettuccine with rock shrimp and asparagus ($14); duck confit with lingonberry and Camembert ($14) is one of the eight flatbreads. Gluten-free pastas are available.

Guests can design their burgers ($11) from a long list of toppings, including peppers, onion and fennel and mac and cheese.

Other sandwiches include pressed chicken Parmesan ($11) and grilled pork loin ($11) with apple, spinach and Gorgonzola.

225 So. opened in the building that most recently housed a Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub. The larger kitchen there gives White more space to produce the Mia Famiglia line of prepared foods sold in grocery stores and farmers markets, including pastas, sauces and dressings. The restaurant also plans to station a food cart at downtown Waukesha’s Friday Night Live, which kicks off June 5.

The dining room has been redecorated in earth tones, said general manager Melissa Tabler, the chef’s sister. Five flat-screen TVs are in place for game days.

The restaurant can seat 60 guests at tables and another 22 at the bar. A table at the garage door seats 12, and more tables are planned for the sidewalk.

Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

To contact: (262) 408-5990. 225 So. offers takeout, and it has a children’s menu; reservations are accepted for parties of 10 or more.