Maggio's Wood Fired Pizza is opening in Wauwatosa
The new Maggio's Wood Fired Pizza in Wauwatosa is bracing for a busy week next week. It opens its doors for regular hours starting Feb. 8; Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day, for those who observe; Feb. 12 is the Super Bowl; and Feb. 14 is that national day of dining out, Valentine's Day.
"So, our first week’s going to be a lot of fun," said Jeremy Maggio, who owns Maggio's with restaurant veteran Andy Fries.
The pizzeria, at 7212 W. North Ave., will make 10-inch, Neapolitan-ish pizzas in the restaurant's focal point, the Valoriani brick pizza oven Maggio built from a kit.
Running at 750 to 850 degrees, fueled solely by oak, the oven can cook five to six pizzas at once, in about 90 seconds.
Maggio's will have 10 signature pizzas plus an option for diners to specify their toppings, as well as sandwiches, salads, appetizers and gelato.
Beer, wine and soft drinks will be on hand — espresso and batch cocktails will be available later — and the restaurant will have a children's play area with a replica oven.
"This is a family restaurant," said Maggio, who began making wood-fired pizza in 2015 from an oven pulled to catering jobs on a trailer. "We want a lively atmosphere."
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Customers will order at the counter, and their meals will be brought to their tables. "It's the Culver's model," Maggio said.
One of the pizzas features easy-melting raclette cheese, made in Wisconsin and locally aged by Alpinage, along with roasted garlic crème fraîche, potato and green onion ($15). Pizzas, made with traditional 00 flour, are $12 to $16.
Maggio's pizzas are close to Neapolitan style — thin crust, but with a raised, puffed rim — but not exactly the same. "They're less wet" at his pizzeria, Maggio said, so a diner can pick up a slice to eat or choose to use a fork and knife.
The restaurant will have two sandwiches, on bread baked from Maggio's pizza dough in the wood-fired oven: meatball or eggplant cooked with tomato sauce, onions, garlic and herbs ($8 for about a 6-inch sandwich).
The salads are Caesar ($8), with the option of adding white anchovies, and caprese ($10).
For dessert, Maggio's will have four flavors of gelato.
The restaurant, which can seat 46 patrons at a banquette, freestanding tables and a few seats at the bar, will have online ordering for takeout through Toast at maggioswoodfiredpizza.com. Whether it will take phone orders later is to be determined.
Maggio's, which is at the former site of Tosa Bowl and Bun and, before that, Venturi's Market, will be open every day as of Feb. 8. Hours will be 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Maggio's Wood Fired Pizza is opening in Wauwatosa