September 30, 2023


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Wauwatosa Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante opening following fireplace

Balistreri's Italian/American Ristorante is located at 812 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa.

Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante in Wauwatosa plans to reopen the afternoon of Dec. 28 after a compact kitchen fireplace the day just after Christmas. 

The Wauwatosa Fire Section been given a connect with about an equipment fire at the cafe, 812 N. 68th St., in the early afternoon Dec. 26, said Capt. Jeremy Blair. 

“There was a small fire in one particular of the ovens that went into the duct do the job,” Blair mentioned. 

“It was one particular of those freak factors, and the suppression method we experienced more than the oven did its work,” mentioned Tom Siever, the restaurant’s standard supervisor. “Everything worked like it was intended to.”

When firefighters arrived, Blair stated, they “assisted extinguish the fireplace” and manufactured sure the making was evacuated. 

Siever approximated that there were a dozen shoppers and four workers existing at the time of the fire. 

The fire was contained to the kitchen area, and was below manage “quite quick,” Blair stated. 

“It was a effective extinguishment,” he said. 

A sign hanging on Balistreri's Italian/American Ristorante says "Due to a fire in our pizza ovens, we are closed until further notice. Visit our Bluemound location."

A sign was hanging on the restaurant’s doorway the early morning of Dec. 28 that stated, “Due to a fireplace in our pizza ovens, we are closed right until even further detect. Visit our Bluemound place.”

Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn is located at 6501 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee. 

Siever mentioned they prepare to have the Wauwatosa restaurant reopened by the afternoon of Dec. 28. 

In accordance to Balistreri’s web-site, Jim Balistreri opened Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante in 1968 and Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn in 1996. 

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