Milwaukee: Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca

Couldn’t have had a better day to visit Il Mito. It was my first outdoor dining experience of the year! Because it is, after all, Wisconsin weather we’re dealing with. It could be sunny and 75 by morning and cold and snowy by nightfall. That may be a slight exaggeration, but probably not.

 And oh, how I’ve missed this.

Actually, this was my first time at Il Mito, specifically. They are known for having a menu of Italian-Mediterranean food that is robust while still being affordable. My uncle lives around there and has been raving about this place for years. It was my mom’s birthday, so we decided it was the perfect time to give it a go. What could be better than indulging in amazing Italian food outdoors on a lovely day? The answer is nothing.

Our first course was a butternut squash soup, which we both adored. It was creamy and buttery, with a hint of sweetness. Still, it was light enough not to fill me up before the main course! It was served with a piece of bread, all oiled up to perfection. Dipping that into the soup was the best part!

I ordered the panini di melanzane alla parmigiana. It was a panini with grilled eggplant, oven-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, roasted peppers, and melted mozzarella. I don’t know what it is about a good eggplant sandwich that just makes my mouth water! This one was completely divine. And a really colorful sandwich! The bread was super soft and the veggies were expertly seasoned. A great lunch option.

My mom ordered the most delish dish, the ravioli di granchio. They were homemade ravioli stuffed with crab meat and whipped ricotta, tossed in a creamy saffron sauce with black tiger shrimp, organic bay scallops, fresh tomato, and asparagus. You could taste every flavor of the crab in the ravioli. Each veggie was cooked to perfection, with crispy seasonal asparagus. The scallops were soft and perfectly bite-sized. The best part was the fresh taste of saffron and herbs in the sauce. Thankfully she tossed me a couple raviolis in exchange for half a sandwich! (Pro tip – Always make deals with your dining companions…)

Another scrumptious culinary adventure in the books! Il Mito did not disappoint, and I will most certainly be back to sample their other offerings. Maybe I’ll even sign up for a class one of these days! I would love to learn how to make Italian food exactly like that!

Il Mito (6913 W North Ave, Wauwatosa // 414.443.1414)

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