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A Peek Inside Sadie's Ristorante

The new Italian restaurant Sadie's opened in March at the corner of Ryan and Howell.

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.

Dawn Lucy Barrett April 09, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Wow. Your impartiality is non-existent, as well as your professionalism. Do yourself a favor and take a step back and regroup.
Mark Schaaf April 09, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Ey ey ey. I haven't even eaten there. Tough crowd.
hermann April 09, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Me and the wife were there the other day. The service was bad and the food wasn't much better. It will be our last time.
shari Latawiec April 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Had 5 tasty meals there sunday. My family all enjoyed
Jason April 10, 2013 at 01:23 AM
go away shill. i think the owners of this awful place learned PR from the cellar. how long until they are rigging polls on the patch?
Farley April 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Ate there with my parents on Sunday. The service was fine, and the owners came over and asked us how the meal was. The food seemed a bit pricier than I expected, but I had the baked ravioli and it was flavorful. Give them a chance to fine-tune the food and service, and this could be a nice addition to Oak Creek.
Mark B April 10, 2013 at 01:13 PM
It really begs the question, How many Italian restaurants does a city need?
Chris April 10, 2013 at 01:25 PM
As someone in the food business, I wish people would respond as such "I didn't find the food to be very good". Food is personal. As a chef, I might prepare a dish exactly as I intended, and the customer may respond that it's "too spicy", or "not spicy enough", or the "cumin is overpowering", and all that is an okay response. But to say the food is awful, because you don't respond well to the food, just may not be true. Now, if food consistently comes out not as described on the menu, or temps are wrong, that should be noted as well. I wish this restaurant well. I hope they have a long stay in the community.
Anthony April 10, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Bring back La Tereza!!!!
Schmootzie P April 10, 2013 at 05:31 PM
This is a great location , former restaurants there were very good and I frequented them. I have not been here, but I will give it a chance.It's a tough business.
Deannawi24 April 10, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I agree. My husband and I ate there about a week ago. Service was awful and the food was bland. We won't be back.
Deannawi24 April 10, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I agree. My husband and I ate there about a week ago. Service was awful and the food was bland. We won't be back.
OCHS Parent April 10, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I plan on giving this place a shot soon. Too bad to see the above comments. I think people forget that Italian food is regional. I too come from an Italian Restaurant family (first generation in the country) that almost never uses oregano and I love it on everything. It is a matter of taste and regional style. I will comment after dinner some night. Mark, welcome to join me, I have a great story for you to run on a different topic.
Mark Schaaf April 10, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I'll come, but only if you're buying. Just kidding. But send me an email anytime. mark.schaaf@patch.com.
Ed Novak April 10, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I was in a party of three that went there the second night they were open. We had the stuffed steak, baked ravioli, and spaghetti with meatballs. The food was all very good and reasonably priced. The service, however, was very slow and the server couldn't answer any of our questions. Since then I tried to call for carryout but no one answered the phone. We will definitely try it again for the food, but they need trained people providing service.
me April 11, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Red Cloud? Doesn't sound Sicilian to me
Resident of O.C. Paul April 11, 2013 at 01:33 PM
As with every restaurant start up, they all have their glitches. Servers are learning the management scheme, menu, how to work with the chef, how to work the system for putting in the orders, etc. The Chef is doing what he can with the resources and the equipment he has, and dealing with the management, etc... All this needs to be worked out. Some restaurants fix the glitches and become successful, and sadly some don't. But please, give them some time to work out the glitches, after all, Sadie's is a NEW restaurant, and Oak Creek can use new choices in restaurants and businesses if it is to become a place people from other communities want to visit, especially since the city is banking a lot of their hopes on the Drexel Town Square being successful as well.
me April 12, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Bring Chef Ramsey in to kick some a$$.
Renee D April 13, 2013 at 03:51 AM
I had a very nice meal this evening and will gladly go back. Our food was delicious and service was excellent. I am glad to see this place turned around. I have eaten there before when it was owned by someone else and the atmosphere left me not wanting to go back. I love to eat at places that have an outdoor option. Looking forward to summer when I can enjoy a nice meal and glass of wine on the gazebo!!
anonymous April 14, 2013 at 04:38 AM
the chairs don't even match!
me April 14, 2013 at 06:03 AM
It smelled like vomit. We had to leave.
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:09 AM
A+++ We have been to Sadie's twice since they opened, Both times we dined there the food was OUTSTANDING and CONSISTENT !! It is great to finally have an Italian Restaurant in Oak Creek that is a place were we can trust the food is going to be great each time, Nice and light, not that typical heavy, "coma" Italian food. Very intimate setting, cozy and very clean. Service was GREAT, the owners are very friendly and took the time to come around to each table to check on how things were! YES, Thanks to Sadie's, we will be going back again and again. ****** Highly recommended. ******
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:12 AM
La Tereza was HORIBBLE.....!!!!!!!
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Agreed. We only need ONE GOOD ONE and after visiting SADIE's it is THE BEST!
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:17 AM
A+++ ate their twice and the food was FABULOUS!!! Loved how light and flavorful everything was. Not heavy coma food like other places.
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:22 AM
We have been here twice and the food has been FABULOUS BOTH TIMES. I had the Baked Ravioli and the Chicken Piccata. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We will definitely be going back again. Thank you Sadie's for opening in Oak Creek....we need you!!!
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Our food was FABULOUS..,!! Highly recommended This is exactly what Oak Creek needed. A clean, cozy and comfortable restaurant with an intimate feel that knows how to cook GREAT FOOD rather than the typical heavy Italian food.
Mary April 17, 2013 at 03:33 AM
A+++ GREAT FOOD ate here twice since they opened. Had the Baked Ravioli and Chicken Piccata. We are used to going all the way to East side, Third Ward and Bay View to eat out. Thanks to Sadie's we can eat Italian in our own city of Oak Creek. Highly Recommended. I will definitely be going back there soon!
Havin' Fun April 18, 2013 at 07:57 PM
First time diner at Sadie's.......clean, fresh, warm Italian atmosphere, waitress helpful and attentive, and food was good. I had the spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. All veggies were cold and the dressing mild and warm, a perfect combination. My friend was pleased with her lunch as well. Most of you have hung these people out to dry after they have invested their lives and bucks to open this establishment. They deserve a chance to prove themselves. Give them another shot, try something different and try to be a little more positive. If you are looking for something more glamorous, go to Chicago. If you are looking for a small mom and pop place who is trying to make a go of it in our community, go to Sadie's.
Sandy Grinker April 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Had lunch there today, very good meal. Everything was delicious.THey were very welcoming, even turned on the fireplace to take out the chill we had from the drizzle outside. Couldn't have asked for better service. The pizza burger was very tasteful, crunchy lettuce and a nice ripe tomato...I'd be happy to go there again and recommend it highly.

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