The Pasta Tree is located on Farwell near its intersection of Curtis Place on Milwaukee’s East Side. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate. As a result, the restaurant is routinely mentioned in the discussion of “most romantic restaurants in Milwaukee.” The unique lighting, fireplace, and windows overlooking the sidewalk create a very warm and inviting setting.
It is safe to say that this is a very popular spot in Milwaukee. One thing to note, because of its smaller size, it can get a little crowded. We recommend calling ahead. The restaurant is made up of a dining room towards the back of the building and a wine bar area in the front. If you can get a seat at the bar and have a drink before dinner, it is a lot of fun. Fortunately our group was able to enjoy a cocktail prior to our meal with the very friendly bartender. It was a great way to start the evening.
We had a larger group (there were 8 of us) and we had called ahead for a reservation. It did take a little while for the prior seating to move on, so we were a little late in getting to our seats. Once seated, we immediately perused the menu. For appetizers, we first tried the antipasti. In something other restaurants should take note of, The Pasta Tree offers two versions of this dish. One sized for a group of 2 ($9.00) and a second sized for 4 ($16.00). The plate included the traditional sausages, cheeses, and vegetables. Another favorite of our table was the Mozzarella in Sugo ($8.00). This was very fresh and served with a great tomato sauce.
For dinner we tried multiple entrees. The Carbonara ($16.00) was phenomenal. The Carbonara was standard with garlic, onion, bacon and egg. Again, everything is fresh at The Pasta Tree and it makes what may seem to be traditional dishes even better.The Chicken Alfredo ($18.00) and Shrimp Pesto Linguini ($20.00) were also hits with our group. In fact, the creamy basil pesto sauce that accompanied the linguini may have been our favorite sauce of the night. As a side note, all of the pasta dishes are made with either traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta, or whole wheat. Dinner is also served with homemade fresh bread.
I will admit that by the time the dessert menu came around, we were all a little full. However, we decided to split a Tiramisu ($7.00). The chocolate, espresso, and hint of Kahlua made this the perfect dish to end the night. I would put this dessert up with the best in Milwaukee.
Finally, the service was very impressive during our multiple visits. We never had to wait longer than expected for our meals or our drinks. All of the servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. They were a tremendous help when it came to picking a wine for our meal. They were extremely attentive and went out of their way to ensure we had a great dining experience. We really appreciated the effort.
It is easy to understand how this place became so popular.I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice night out.