Holiday hidden gem: Balistreri's Bluemound Inn

Dec 07, 2019 446

BY: Molly Snider

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn is a welcoming spot that's worth a stop any time of year, but it's particularly wonderful during the month of December. The Italian-American bar and restaurant is festooned with Christmas lights and decorations, including full-sized trees, garland, ornaments, nutcrackers, angels, stars, candy canes and kid-sized Santas.

The patio is a decked out (pun intended?) in thousands of colorful lights creating a mini Christmas wonderland worth walking into. But many of the visitors come this time of year just to sit at the bar to enjoy the yuletide milieu while sipping a glass of wine or an Old Fashioned, and maybe nibbling on a pizza like the gourmet thick-crusted, truffle-oil topped, four-cheese "white pizza" or the coveted Melanzane Fritti (fried eggplant) appetizer or a fish fry on Fridays. (Balistreri's has six varieties of fish plates!)

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