The move doesn’t shock us, but it still makes us sad. Many Monona residents have great memories of the old fashion supper club.
The closing isn’t a surprise. The restaurant had cut back hours in the last few years. The interior needed an overhaul. Faded decor and paint, aging tables and chairs – they all were part of Rossario’s. A recent trip revealed limited staff trying to do too many things. The restaurant simply wasn’t making enough to justify the money needed to update the facility.
The negatives aside, Rossario’s will leave us with many fond memories:
Great tasting, old school pasta dishes. Spaghetti on a board. The packed bar area of regulars (okay, the smoke wasn’t fun). The wonderful desserts. Bringing home a jar of Rossario’s sauce. The old time decor. Fish fry. I always enjoyed their steaks as well, something not many people ate there.
The person who contacted us said the owner has sold the restaurant, but gave no indications of what will go into the space. The current strip mall Rossario’s is located in is pretty awful. A major renovation of this area would be welcome.
So, assuming this is true, go out and have one last meal or drink at an old-time Monona haunt.
Rossario’s, thanks for the memories.