I have a place you MUST visit if you are in the Hudson, Wisconsin area! Little Italy located in Downtown Hudson, Wisconsin is the Italian restaurant we all needed on this side of the river.
If you have been a reader of Peyton’s Momma for any amount of time, you are well aware that we love food! Food is such an integral part of our lives. There’s nothing like gathering at meal time, enjoying delicious food, and sharing our lives with one another. So over the next few months, Peyton and I are going to start sharing our favorite places in and around the Twin Cities that we enjoy. And one of them is………..Little Italy.
Little Italy has been open for a little over a month but they just recently started offering dine-in service. When I saw that dine-in service was available I knew we had to visit! I had heard rave reviews about this place and wanted to experience it for myself. So we went and experienced it all!
Currently, Little Italy does not accept reservations. They are also on a reduced schedule as they find their groove so they are only open from 4 pm to 9 pm. The door does say 11 am so hopefully they will be offering lunch service one day soon!
It is also a small restaurant. I did not count the exact number of tables available but I would say it was around 16 tables and about a dozen seats at the bar. About half the tables were for 2 people and the other half for 4 people. On the day of our visit, a large group was there. The staff did move several tables together to accommodate the group.
Yes! There is takeout. If there is no seating available and you still want to enjoy some Little Italy order it too. You can walk about a block and have a picnic dinner by the river. I believe they are currently on Door Dash too.
The menu has many options. There were 8 appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. There is also a full bar with a variety of wines available too. You are sure to find a few things to try out.
I tried the Champagne Chicken and Peyton had the Spaghetti and Meatballs.
I’ve had Champagne Chicken at many high-end restaurants over the years and it really is one of my favorite dishes. Little Italy did a fantastic job on the Champagne Chicken. The breading on the chicken was well seasoned, the breast was moist and the sauce was delicious! There was nothing left on my plate. I ate it all!
The Spaghetti and Meatballs are done the way Italians do it. So if you have a child that is used to American Spaghetti and Meatballs it may not be the best dish for them. The meatballs are served naked on top of the spaghetti noodles. The noodles appeared to be tossed in the sauce and the spaghetti sauce had chunky tomatoes in it. Truly the way I would expect spaghetti and meatballs to be served at an Italian restaurant but it was a little much for Peyton. She prefers her spaghetti to be drowned in sauce with meatballs peaking out of a blanket of sauce and a dense coating of parmesan cheese. So this dish was definitely outside of her comfort zone. I did give it a taste so I could provide a fair evaluation. I thought the meatballs were tender with good seasoning. The sauce was hard to gauge because there really was not much there so I would like to see more sauce on it. But overall I thought it was a good dish, I would just order extra sauce next time.
None of the entrees came with any sides, bread or salad. That was an additional charge. We did order the bread service and I highly recommend everyone orders it. They bring a small round loaf of sourdough bread that is warm along with whipped butter, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. It was so good. Between the 2 of us, we ate all the bread. We spread the whipped butter over slices of sourdough and thoroughly enjoyed them.
We did not get a chance to try dessert. There were 3 options and they all looked good. But we were too full. I had wanted to try the Tiramisu and Peyton was going to try the Lemon cake. So I guess we will have to go back and have dessert first next time!
Little Italy does not have a dedicated parking lot so be prepared to arrive a little early to find on-street parking. Also, bring some quarters or download the app because Hudson, Wisconsin charges you to park on the street. We easily found parking about a block from the restaurant and we went on a Saturday afternoon around 4 pm.
The bottom line is I would definitely go back. Little Italy is the Italian restaurant that we have needed in this area for years. I cannot think of another Italian restaurant in the valley that comes close to Little Italy. They serve quality dishes, have friendly staff, and great location.
Be sure to check back to see where we explore next!