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Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Questions & Answers

Tucson, Arizona

Just read the reviews but haven't eaten there yet. Looking forward to it! Only one question, one review was about the quality of the walleye served. The obviously did not like it. Here's my question. Why would someone go to an authentic Italian restaurant having such glowing reviews for their featured Italian food and order walleye? My wife and I have been to Italy and never once did we order, let alone see, walleye on a menu there! Again, really looking forward to our 52nd anniversary meal at Bellisio's!

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Jill T
Duluth, Minnesota
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Great question! I would have to say that our traveling guests hear about the great walleye in Minnesota and because we live on Lake Superior we feel it's important to offer a walleye dish. Our Walleye Milanese has an Italian spin and it has become a favorite for some of our staff members. So, I believe it's a combination of staff suggestions and the desire to have a local fish.

I hope we haven't already missed your anniversary, 52 years is a big deal! Congratulations and thank you for your question.

over a year ago
United States
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I have had the walleye at Bellosio's. It is very good. I have been to Italy over half a dozen times and have traveled in most of the regions of Italy by car. One thing about Italian cooking is that it isn't just about the the recipes but more about the method of approaching the ingredients. Any Italian when on a lake with good fresh fish available would find ways of cooking them using Italian methods. Italy has done beautiful lakes with fish. I have also had fish on the island of Capri that was fileted, dusted in flour, pan fried and served with a few tiny potatoes and some peas. That plate of fish wouldn't be too different from how we normally would serve fish. There, that was served following a pasta course in the Italian fashion and progression. Of course, had Italians had walleye, they would cook and eat walleye as part of an Italian menu. The portion of walleye at Bellosio's is very large. My wife and I shared it after sharing an appetizer. A pasta course would have been out of the question to add. Large portion would not be authentically Italian as they eat by the course and many more than we typically do. I think you will like the Walleye Milanese. Enjoy. The wine flights at Bellosio's are a lot of fun and a great value.

8 months ago
United States
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I have had the walleye at Bellosio's. It is very good. I have been to Italy over half a dozen times and have traveled in most of the regions of Italy by car. One thing about Italian cooking is that it isn't just about the the recipes but more about the method of approaching the ingredients. Any Italian when on a lake with good fresh fish available would find ways of cooking them using Italian methods. Italy has done beautiful lakes with fish. I have also had fish on the island of Capri that was fileted, dusted in flour, pan fried and served with a few tiny potatoes and some peas. That plate of fish wouldn't be too different from how we normally would serve fish. There, that was served following a pasta course in the Italian fashion and progression. Of course, had Italians had walleye, they would cook and eat walleye as part of an Italian menu. The portion of walleye at Bellosio's is very large. My wife and I shared it after sharing an appetizer. A pasta course would have been out of the question to add. Large portion would not be authentically Italian as they eat by the course and many more than we typically do. I think you will like the Walleye Milanese. Enjoy. The wine flights at Bellosio's are a lot of fun and a great value.

8 months ago
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