REFLECTIONS ON DENNIS GETTO
RESTAURANT CRITIC WAS TOPS
He was Milwaukee's most respected and least recognized restaurant critic, and that's what made him great.
I was sorry to hear of Dennis Getto's passing this morning. I can't say I read his work extensively, but like every Milwaukean, I trusted his opinions and reviews. I knew 3-plus stars from Dennis meant a place was the real deal. I always looked forward to his "Best of" lists.
I never met the man in person, but did email back and forth with him a few years ago. I was working on an honor for Joe Bartolotta at Wauwatosa East High School (Joe's and my Alma matter). Dennis graciously provided some excellent perspective on Joe, and just struck me as a really good guy.
Fittingly, it was Joe Bartolotta this morning... to whom I would go to for perspective on Getto. Joe was a guest on Live at Daybreak this morning. Reflecting on Dennis Getto's work, it was clear Joe had a lot of respect for him. He said he didn't always agree with him, but you knew the guy was thorough and fair.
As a critic, anonymity was critical to Getto's job, and he took this very seriously. He is rumored to have worn disguises, and always dining with different people to throw people off the scent.
Bartolotta recalled unbeknown to him, he met Getto a number of times. The two spoke often on the phone, and now and then Getto would drop on Joe that he'd shook hands with him at a restaurant or event. Joe never knew he met him!
Milwaukee has lost a trusted critic, and I'm proud to have "sort of" met Dennis Getto.