Traditional and 'Slightly Wild' Italian Specialities Highlighted on Wild Earth Cucina Italiana's Spring Menu

MILWAUKEE – Whether you enjoy classic Italian favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna, or are willing to take a walk on the ‘wild side’ during your dining experience, Wild Earth Cucina Italiana’s new spring menu has something that will tempt your taste buds.

Chef Audrey Vandenburgh’s spring menu offers a fresh lineup of seasonal flavors and locally-produced ingredients. The menu is noticeably divided into two distinct areas - one consisting of comfortable, classic Italian staples, and the other of contemporary ‘slightly wild’ plates that offer bold interpretations on familiar pastas and entrees.


Guests can look forward to traditional favorites like fettuccine alfredo tossed with peas, pancetta and a rich parmesan cream sauce, served with a choice of chicken, shrimp or calamari; and chicken picatta prepared with a lemon butter sauce and fried capers and paired with parmesan mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas.

Those looking to try something new will enjoy the succulent taste of balsamic glazed Alaskan wild king salmon plated with cheesy polenta and sautéed spinach; or Chef Audrey’s personal favorite – a savory bone-in pork loin chop prepared with a white wine, mushroom and onion cream sauce. 

New to the appetizer menu are Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in a lemon vodka cream with shallots, garlic, stewed tomato and fresh herbs; chef-recommended fried artichokes tossed with parmesan cheese and served with white truffle mayonnaise; and two additional offerings of Italian sliders including meatball with red sauce and breaded mozzarella with caponata.  

Decadent house-made desserts are the perfect way to cap off a dining experience. New options include peach cupola made with pistachio cake and topped with cinnamon pastry cream and peach amaretto gelée, caramelized peaches and amaretto cream sauce; and a cannoli stuffed with sweetened ricotta cream cheese with chocolate shavings and pistachios.

The restaurant is open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday. Serving hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wild Earth Cucina Italiana utilizes premium local and sustainable products whenever possible. The menu features a selection of breads and soups made from scratch, as well as a full-service bar offering 30 bottles of fine Italian wine, hailing from every region in Italy.

For more information about Wild Earth Cucina Italiana’s seasonal menu, or to make dinner reservations, call Wild Earth Cucina Italiana at (414) 847-7626 or online at www.paysbig.com. Guests may also make reservations on Open Table. Guests must be 18 years old and older to dine.

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