Laurel Red Cloud has brought her Sicilian heritage and restaurant experience to Sadie's Ristorante, now open at the corner of Howell and Ryan.
The restaurant opens every day at 11 a.m. and serves up pastas, steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches and much more. The recipes have long been in Red Cloud's family, and were used for decades at her family's Italian restaurant on Milwaukee's east side.
"We make foods that we ourselves would eat and are very proud to serve," Red Cloud said. "We would not serve something not up to our standard."
Plans are in the works to renovate the restaurant's patio area, which will be open in the warmer months, as well as the exterior of the building.
Red Cloud answered a few questions about the new restaurant in this week's Oak Creek Eats.
The most popular menu item: We're selling a lot of lasagna, a lot of eggplant parmesan, a lot of spaghetti and meatballs. Pasta seems to be a staple for a lot of people—it's home food, it's a comfort food. Our baked ravioli is very popular. Our stuffed steak has been very popular as well—it's stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomato, mushrooms and topped with cheese. It's very, very good.
Your personal favorite menu item: With the pasta dishes, I like the baked ravioli, but my runner-up is the carbonara. That's the close second on the pastas. Seafood, it's between the shrimp scampi and the shrimp piccata ... I think I like the piccata (the most). As far as steaks, the ribeye is to die for—we age it (and) hand-cut it. But the stuffed steak—it's great.
The best deal on the menu: Our spaghetti and pasta dishes are really good value. In particular, our lunch portions are very good. You're going to get a really big portion for a reduced price.