Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Italian fare at Nino's Italian Bakery, located in Menomonee Falls.
Nino's Italian Bakery's owner, Nino, is a Sicilian immigrant who has more than 40 years of experience assembling the authentic bread, pastries, and other specialties of his homeland. Yeast-lovers can step into Nino's charming, checker-floored storefront and leave with a loaf of foccacia ($3), fresh Sicilian bread ($2.80), or Nino's Surprise Bread ($5.34). Those looking for a sensuous dessert can indulge in a cannoli ($2.25), while orchestra conductors can use an Italian biscotti ($9.89 per pound) as a makeshift baton. The bakery's vast selection of deli meats—including hard salami ($5.75 per pound), mortadella ($6.99 per pound), and smoked braunschweiger ($4.25 per pound)—is a prime supply source for sandwich construction.
Stop by on Spaghetti Wednesdays (from October–April) for a large plate o' pasta ($7.99), plus generous meatballs and garlic bread. As a Wednesday bonus, Nino himself will perform Italian music on his accordion, an ideal setting for re-creating the romantic spaghetti scene from Lady and the Temple of Doom.
- I looove their subs, there is no competition out there. The bread is phenomenal! ...the canolis [sic] and eclairs are delicious. The rice balls (Mmmm!) and so much more. – Jemcmiller, CityVoter
- The fresh Italian breads are amazing and the sandwichs [sic] are unbelieveable [sic]! The cafe setting is warm and inviting, Italian music plays in the background while you enjoy a cannoli. You have to check this place out! – italyandy, Citysearch