Nonna’s Bartolottas is a lotta letters for a wisconsin sandwich joint…

When I think of sandwiches in wisconsin, I think of my dad… and i think of plain white bread, 2 slices of turkey, a sliced tomato and a little bit of salt and pepper. I also think about a thin spread of mayo. I really don’t think about good sandwiches when I think about wisconsin sandwiches.

But sometimes when you are flying, and you are in the airport, you think about how nice it would be to have a tasty sandwich. And then you start to obsess about the sandwich…. and you really want to find the deli that has the perfect sandwich. You walk up and down the tiny terminal of the airport, and you look at the kiosks that sell old sandwiches, and the johnny rockets, and the miller bar. You finally get down to two choices… an italian place named Nonna’s, or a more classic midwestern deli named Usinger’s Deli. The deli looks like it could be a good choice, but it shares a seating area with the johnny rocket’s and it is a little loud. The meats look good, but the bread looks a little thin.

Nonna’s has a to-go area, that had a couple of pretty thick sandwiches on ciabatta bread. They looked decent, but they had probably been sitting there for a while. We had plenty of time at the airport, so we decided to sit in the “open air” section of the restaurant, which is really not open air at all, but gives the impression that it is. We took a seat at a nice table with some pre-packaged breadsticks and some fake flowers. The menus were brought out by a waitress who just looked at us, and walked away. I checked out the sandwich menu, hoping to find a fresh version of the to-go sandwiches. I was completely shocked when not a single sandwich was the same as the to-go menu, so I debated between a grilled cheese type sandwich with tomatoes and basil, and a chicken sandwich with artichokes, spices, and some roasemary potatoes on the side.

I was pleasantly surprised when it came and was grilled panini style…

I took a couple of bites and it was pretty decent for an airport sandwich. It also was pretty decent for a wisconsin sandwich…. Not too spicy, but it did have some flavor. The artichoke wasn’t fresh, but it was still pretty tasty. The bread was a good texture, but not stale at all… The grilling helped add some structure…

After a couple of bites, I decided I should try it with some Marinara sauce, which was a little weak on the flavor, but added a little bit of texture and somewhat of a creaminess to the sandwich. I finished my sandwich and went on to the potatoes. They were a rosemary with truffle oil, and they were quite good. I finished my plate, and took a couple of sips of my water. The waitress had finally started to open up to us, and we paid our bill. All in all, it was a pleasant experience in the General Mitchell Airport.

Overall Sandwich Rating: A-
Presentation: A
Structure: A-
Flavors: B /B+ (with marinara)

Non-Sandwich Related:
Atmosphere: C (it is in a tiny airport, in a little terminal)
Service: B (they were a little slow and not very friendly at first)
Price: B/B+ (Decent Prices for an airport and the portions)


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