The Bartolotta Restaurant Group and the Italian Community Center (ICC) are proud to announce a long-term exclusive catering partnership. Under this agreement, Bartolotta Catering & Events at the ICC will assume all catering and restaurant operations at the ICC effective November 1, 2016. Bartolotta’s will honor any existing catering agreements which have been entered into by the ICC with customers after the effective date.

Both companies have had a lasting presence in the Milwaukee market with reputations for excellence. Bartolotta’s currently serves as the exclusive caterer for two of Milwaukee’s most premier event destinations including Discovery World and The Grain Exchange, providing services for private events all year round. The Italian Community Center will offer an increased ability to foster larger and more diverse events and will round out its portfolio of full-service catering units. The Italian Community Center has been a downtown staple for events since 1978 and was founded to celebrate the heritage and culture of Wisconsin’s Italian American community. In this partnership, Bartolotta’s focus will be to elevate the service standards and culinary options for customers of the ICC. Ambiance will be enhanced as the various catering spaces and restaurant will be renovated beginning in early 2017.

The Bartolotta family has long been involved with the Italian Community Center and Joe Bartolotta, CEO of Bartolotta Restaurant Group embraced the idea of involvement with the ICC, noting, “We are thrilled to partner with the Italian Community Center. It’s been an important part of our family and an important part of our heritage.” Paul Bartolotta added, “It will be a partnership that services the mission of celebrating the Italian American community in Milwaukee.” Joe Vella, President of the Italian Community Center and the board of the Italian Community Center, embraced the partnership initiative as a way to continue to build on the success of the ICC. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Bartolotta family as a staple of the experience here at the Italian Community Center.”

About Bartolotta Restaurant Group

The Bartolotta Restaurant Group is a Milwaukee-based restaurant group owned by brothers Joe and Paul Bartolotta. Their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, opened in 1993 and today, the group owns and operates 17 restaurants and catering facilities, including four upscale establishments, two upscale casual concepts, a pair of supper clubs, a pizzeria, a barbeque joint, an upscale food court, and a lakefront custard stand. More information can be found at

Italian Community Center

The Italian Community Center (ICC) of Milwaukee is an ethnic organization founded in 1978 to celebrate the heritage and culture of Wisconsin’s Italian American community. The most visible example of that is a three-day summer festival known as Festa Italiana featuring food, entertainment and cultural exhibits that highlight the Italian experience. The ICC strives to promote ethnic understanding and racial equality and, in its 60,000 square foot facility, has been a catalyst for renewal and rebirth of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. The ICC is open to all people, regardless of race, creed or religion. More information can be found at www.