When you step into Tuscany, you feel like you may have left the midwest for a bit, and stepped into one of the restaurants at a Club Med resort.
The ambiance is modern and new, but still keeps a sense of charm in place that you rarely get from a chain. The pride of ownership shows through in every detail and Chef Theresa Ianni Robinson who is co-owner with her father Gugliemo Ianni delivers in a way that would make any father’s daughter proud, and leaves the customer wanting to come back for more.
One of the unique things about Tuscany Bistro and Bar (in Kenosha) is that the cuisine is primarily Northern Italian food which is different from the heavy red sauces (gravy) and meat dishes from the southern regions of Italy such as Calabria and Sicily.
Kenosha and Racine are home to a fairly large population of Immigrants as well as first and second generation Italian Americans from Calabria with a few families scattered from other regions.
Of the smaller minority of Italians from other regions in the area, Gugliemo came to Southeastern Wisconsin from Balzo, in the Marche Province of Italy. about 70 KM (That 45 MILES for those of you in Kenosha) from the Adriatic Sea.
When Ianni started cooking, it was the Northern Cuisine from the Marche and Tuscano Provinces that inspired his dishes… and of course ultimately inspired his daughter.
After several very successful restaurants on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Ianni family returned their to focus and started Tuscany in Kenosha where Theresa returned to her childhood home and took the reigns of this amazing restaurant.
Not only is this a great restaurant, but its owned by some great local people who are first class operators, and that means a lot in my book!
Prior to this interview, I had been to Tuscany many times, but like most repeat customers, I ordered what I was familiar with and didn’t venture from my original choices much.
That all changed when Chef Theresa introduced me to HER favorite specialty. The off menu (and OUT OF THIS WORLD) Linguine Lobster has got to be one of my greatest finds in Kenosha cuisine. I felt like my mouth discovered a new country when I tasted it for the first time. It’s basically their Linguine Pescatore (which I had ALSO not had before) with a 8 oz lobster tail.
Drop the Mic…
WHAT ELSE did I have? you will have to watch the video, and I guarantee you will be hungry, and probably ready for a nice glass of vino!
If you are local, GO CHECK IT OUT!
When you go there… TAKE A SELFIE with your LOBSTER LINGUINI and tag it #262eats on instagram or facebook, and tag @262eats in it as well, and I will PERSONALLY send you a coupon for a FREE DESERT or APPETIZER for your next visit!
(Limit ONE per household and/or social media account)
If you are looking for a unique Italian Restaurant in Kenosha… THIS is the one.