When Vendetta Coffee Bar opened in Wauwatosa last July, it marked a first for the Milwaukee area, offering guests a taste of the traditional coffee houses found in cities across Italy.
This week, we’re chatting with co-owners Bill Haley and Tommy Orlando of Vendetta Coffee Bar about their backgrounds and introduction to coffee, the inspiration behind their Italian inspired cafes and the Italian influences that make them unique. Along the way, we also discuss the expansion of offerings at their Walker’s Point cafe, including the addition of aperitivo-style cocktails, bar snacks and plans to activate the space with pop-ups, live music and events.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.