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Where to get Milwaukee-style pizza

What is Milwaukee-style pizza and where can you get it? Ann did some research on what our city's secret pie recipe is and who has our favorites. Plus, we have food news about Pete's Popsicles, Bastille Days, Antigua, The Visit Milwaukee Beer Map and the Riverwest Food Truck Rally at The Goat Palace.

Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine’s foodie, Tarik Moody, discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites. This Bites is supported by Society Insurance.

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Milwaukee-style pizza

Ann recently dug into Milwaukee-style pizza for an article in Milwaukee Magazine. Here are her picks for where to get our signature 'za with cracker-thin crust.

Maria's Pizza

Maria's is a hidden cash-only gem that has been around since 1957, so you know their recipe is authentically Milwaukee and has been perfected over the years.

Caradaro Club 

Caradaro Club is "where cracker-crust history began. (A plaque on a Third Ward building recognizes the original spot, which opened in 1945.) Though not run by the founders, it still adheres to tradition. Order a pie with the works."


"This original location dates to 1954, and it’s the bomb for saltine-thin crust pieces that hold up to a toppings-palooza."


"The pies here are particularly cheesy, with an exceptional pepperoni special."

Calderone Club

"Owner Gino Fazzari’s father was part of pizza history with a link to Caradaro Club. His dad opened a joint (since closed) on Bartlett Avenue in 1979. Gino follows his pop’s thin-crust lead, adding fancier toppings like prosciutto and arugula."

Pete's Pops

Pete's Pops is a traveling popsicle push cart with a great story. Now, they're expanding with a brick-and-mortar location coming to Vliet Street on the West Side. Read more about owner Pete Cooney's vision for spreading positivity and frozen treats in the Washington Park neighborhood here.

Bonjour, Bastille Days

Bastille Days is here from July 12-15, 2018! Check out the list of French (and French adjacent) cuisine vendors here. And, see the wine-tasting schedule here.

Milwaukee Beer Map

Ever wish there was a Google Maps route to drinking your way through Brew City? Visit Milwaukee has got you covered with the Milwaukee Beer Map.

Antigua on the move

The Antigua Latin restaurant in West Allis wants to move to National Avenue. Read more about their growth and relocation here.

Riverwest food truck rally

The first ever Riverwest Food Truck Rally is tonight at The Goat Palace. It's gonna be big with Amore De La CucinaChillwaukeeDöner MKELa MasaLumpia CityMeat on the StreetWicked Urban Grill LLC and Yellowbelliestruck all in the lineup. Plus, there will be beer from Black Husky BrewingCompany BrewingGathering Place Brewing Company and Lakefront Brewery.
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