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Azzalino's Bar and Grill

Postby MadMind » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:36 am

State Journal Article
So has anyone been to Azzalino's Bar & Grill 416 S. Park St. (formerly Bennett's on Park) yet? How is it?
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Re: Azzalino's Bar and Grill

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:45 am

MadMind wrote:State Journal Article
So has anyone been to Azzalino's Bar & Grill 416 S. Park St. (formerly Bennett's on Park) yet? How is it?

Been there twice, as it is an easy walk from my homestead. First time in May, after Ms Vilas and I had dinner at Inka Heritage. A female server, dressed as a '20s flapper, asked us if we wanted dinner. We told her we just ate, so we bellied up to the bar instead. The owner's kid, who manages the bar, served us. Smithwick's was the best they had on tap. It was early, but business was slow. Just a couple others at the bar; no one at the tables. The bartender/manager and flapper chatted with us. I asked about business. They said they get UW students late at night and that the workers at the nearby hospitals just discovered them and lunch business was starting to pick up. We asked about the menu and Mr. Manager told us to try his homemade potato chips (he had the cook fry up some and gave us a free sample). They were good, but since we just ate, we didn't have much of an appetite. Told him we'll be back later for the food.

A few weeks later, we walked down for dinner. This time, no flapper-server, so we ordered from the bar. We were the only customers. Typical fried bar food and burgers, with cutesy names. Food was OK, except for the wings, which were undercooked. Don't know if I'll be back for the eats.

Oh, they plan to remodel the basement and add another bar and a poker room. Don't know how the gambling authorities will like that.
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Postby blunt » Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:21 am

No penis hats?
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Postby lysander » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:38 pm

I'd imagine it's tough to push a themed place in that location. Unless they're open 24/7 or something. Maybe they could try black-and-white ankle-porn, mixing their 20s theme with their 80's smut real estate. Still, hard to compete against playing doctor a few doors down.
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Postby BobArctor » Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:45 pm

Visited there April 21, 2007

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It's an improvement, in style and cleanliness, to the previous tenant.
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Postby MadMind » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:47 am

I saw this one show on HGTV or something where the builders surprised the man of the house with a remodel of his basement in a roaring '20s speakeasy theme.

The entrance was through some shelving or bookcase of some sort. The room was equipped with paintings and tables that flipped over to conceal the bar for what it was, and a red light alarm to alert you when the cops were at the door.

It was really cool, but from the article it doesn't sound as if Azzalino's was planning to go that far with the theme.
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Re: Azzalino's Bar and Grill

Postby lukpac » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:27 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:A few weeks later, we walked down for dinner. This time, no flapper-server, so we ordered from the bar. We were the only customers. Typical fried bar food and burgers, with cutesy names. Food was OK, except for the wings, which were undercooked. Don't know if I'll be back for the eats.


I was there shortly after they opened. Nice guy behind the bar, but he didn't know where half of the food was. I got a burger which was pretty underwhelming. While he was making a burger for someone else I noticed he was squishing it down on the grill. I mentioned that he probably shouldn't do that, since it's just squeezing all the juice out. He proceeded to thank me and tell me he was new at it...

I'll probably try again at some point.
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Re: Azzalino's Bar and Grill

Postby Beer Moon » Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:13 pm

lukpac wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:A few weeks later, we walked down for dinner. This time, no flapper-server, so we ordered from the bar. We were the only customers. Typical fried bar food and burgers, with cutesy names. Food was OK, except for the wings, which were undercooked. Don't know if I'll be back for the eats.


I was there shortly after they opened. Nice guy behind the bar, but he didn't know where half of the food was. I got a burger which was pretty underwhelming. While he was making a burger for someone else I noticed he was squishing it down on the grill. I mentioned that he probably shouldn't do that, since it's just squeezing all the juice out. He proceeded to thank me and tell me he was new at it...


New at cooking a burger? Where was he from, Antarctica?

Could be worse I guess. I once saw some moron manning a grill full of steaks with a big-ass serving fork. A couple he didn't get picked up on the first poke, so he had to make multiple stabs at them to turn them. They should license people before they allow them to purchase grills.

You never see anyone juice an orange, burn the juice, and then eat the rest. People do it all the time with meat though.
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Postby Bwis53 » Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:54 am

So this is a place you could stop by, after work, for beer and chips, or a burger? I really miss Bee's Tavern,which goes back quite a ways.
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