Our story begins in 1963 when Sal Barbiere opened his restaurant Barbiere's Italian Inn on 106th and Bluemound. Sal, his wife Bernice and son Steve built upon one simple idea “Family, Superb Food and Quality Ingredients“. They created home style Pizza, Lasagna, Meatballs, Sauces, Salads and their Famous Garlic Bread. Guests would come from miles away and once they had that first bite of Barbiere’s Garlic Bread, they were hooked. Sal always said “word of mouth was the best advertisement”. The “word“ traveled quickly about Barbiere’s Italian Inn. Ten years later the Barbiere family moved to its current location on 59th and Bluemound. In 1979 Sal and Bernice retired from the business, although it wasn't unusual to see a "retired Sal" stopping in to help out during the busy lunch hour. Sal’s son Steve and his wife, Kathy continued to offer the same family recipes and quality service that have made Barbiere's Italian Inn a treasure in the Milwaukee area.
After 34 rewarding years of service, Steve and Kathy Barbiere decided to retire. In 1997 they sold their restaurant to long time employee Mark Dempsey. He began working in the restaurant at the age of 16 in 1973. Mark's mission has been to uphold Barbiere's great name and reputation which has made us synonymous with great Italian comfort food. We will never forget who we are and why we do it " Family, Superb Food and Quality Ingredients" Mark is proud to offer a beautiful new location in South Milwaukee that opened in 2009.