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Sala, Italian restaurant on Milwaukee's east side, serves up Sicilian favorites

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 23:33:10-04

Nestled in an upper east side neighborhood in Milwaukee is Sala, best-known for their Sicilian food. They do it just right here, but they are feeling the economic pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have been dramatically impacted by this because our dining room has been closed," says co-owner Teresa Balistreri-Warsh. "That's our primary source of business. We've always have done some carry-out, but now we exclusively carry out."

They've laid off 85% of their staff. Server Bella Chiappetta is one that is still on board, but she misses the ways things used to be.

"A lot different," she says. "I feel very lucky that I get to come to work every day, but it's weird because we have like our little family unit that's normally here, and it's different because there are a lot fewer people, but it's still really cool."

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