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Featured Partner: Italian American Supper Club

1/9/2020 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Featured Business, Foodie
Italian American Supper Club
Italian American Supper Club
Italian American Supper Club
Italian American Supper Club

Kenosha is a Wisconsin community with a rich Italian history. In the 1900s, Kenosha was a factory town which drew Italian and other European immigrants. When the first Italian immigrants settled in Kenosha, their first action was to organize. In 1903, the G. Garibaldi Society was founded. Eventually various organizations combined and the Italian American Society of Kenosha was established in 1923. Its members raised the funds to construct a building in 1926. Soon after, the venue began hosting banquets and serving great Italian food to the public. The restaurant and banquet space – known for its homemade Ravioli, Gnocchi, and Lasagna – continue to be open to the public. “We want people to feel like they are having a nice Sunday dinner, getting together with family,” says Steven Torcaso, president of the board of directors of the Italian American Society of Kenosha.

The Italian American Supper Club at 2217 52nd Street opens for dinner at 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Homemade Ravioli is the most popular item on the menu, according to Steven. His favorite dish is the Meat Ravioli: “it just makes me feel like I’m eating at my nana’s house.” Diners are always surprised by the variety of homemade items available.

The Ravioli is topped with the restaurant’s Al Forno garlic butter crumb mixture and then browned in the oven. The Lasagna is made with four layers of lasagna noodles and three layers of meat, sauce, and cheese. The same sauce recipe has been used since 1927; the recipe came from one of the society’s original members. All dinners are served with all-you-can-eat garlic bread.

The weekly Friday Fish Fry is really good, Steven notes. You get three pieces of beer battered cod loin. The loin has only been frozen once as opposed to lower grade freeze-thaw-freeze products. It’s served with your choice of soup or salad, and your choice of potato or pasta. It automatically comes with coleslaw, too.

The menu also includes appetizers, soup of the day, meatball or sausage bomber, many choices of pasta, chicken, steaks & chops, seafood, pizza, desserts, and more. A children’s menu is available, which adults sometimes order from to receive a smaller portion.

Aside from the dining room, the Italian American Supper Club is known for its banquet space. Quite often, the venue is part of the circle of life for a family – receptions for baptisms, birthdays, confirmations, graduations, showers, weddings, retirements, and even funeral luncheons take place there. They have been part of both the happiest and worst times a family has gone through. And Steven has the cards to prove it. He has kept all the handwritten thank you cards and letters, along with photos, that customers send him. Many are on display in his office. Steven says it’s really nice to receive the cards – it makes him feel good that people appreciate what they do. He also uses the uplifting notes as a pick-me-up after a particularly sad day. He says he always tries to make people feel like their special occasion is the only one he’s concerned with. He enjoys talking to his guests – and he will laugh and cry along with them.

The banquet space is available seven days a week. The main dining room seats approximately 100 people. The Florentine and Roman Rooms seat 80 people when they are not divided. When the rooms are divided, they seat 45 and 35 people, respectively. The only space that is handicapped accessible is the ballroom, which seats 400 people. Steven describes it as a princess-style ballroom, complete with a balcony. He also uses “old world atmosphere” to describe the space.

The Italian American Supper Club is like the television show “Cheers”, Steven says. “It’s a place where we’ll remember your name. You can request your favorite waitress. We want to make people feel welcome.” And new customers are always welcome!

(262) 658-4881, https://italianamericansocietykenosha.com/

January 2020

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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