Marchese's Olive Pit

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Closed as of Jan 1 12

1100 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204


4.7 / 6 votes

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Vegan-friendly pizzaria

Restaurant, Bar

Marchese's Olive Pit is a family-owned pizzaria in the Walker's Point area of Milwaukee...with a VEGAN CHEF! They only have one completely vegan pizza on the menu (Dan's Vegan Pizza-which has olive oil, garlic, and herb brushed crust with soy cheese, kalamata olives, mushrooms, and serrano peppers), but many other pizzas could be made vegan by omitting cheese or subbing soy cheese (they use Follow Your Heart vegan cheese).

The pizza menu is divided in half, with half being "Red sauce pizzas" and the other half being "No red sauce pizzas." All of the spreads served with herb-crusted bread are vegetarian, and three are vegan: roasted red pepper, olive tapenade, olive oil with garlic & herb. As of this writing (September, 2007), the chef says vegan desserts are in the works.

Vegan pizzas are about $18 and serve 2-3 people. When you sub vegan cheese for dairy cheese, it's $3 or $5, depending on what size pizza you get, but it's still affordable. The bread and spreads are $2 for one, or 3 for $5.50.

Their veggie toppings include kalamata olives, black olives, mushrooms, onions, caramelized onions, green peppers, tomatoes, serrano peppers, artichokes, spinach, pepperocini, and basil.

Marchese's has a bar in front with small, candle lit tables for small parties, and has a large table in the back in the V.I.P. section, which also has large, plushy couches, a fireplace, and a huge plasma TV.

They don't have any official closing time on Fridays and Saturdays, which means they're open LATE.

Added by Cass Danger on Sep 14 07 (last updated Jan 2 12)

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I think I have a new favorite pizzeria in Milwaukee. I went to Marchese's Olive Pit last night for the first time and I have to say I was absolutely floored by how delicious their vegan pizza is. We ordered two pizzas, Dan's Vegan (an Olive Pit original pizza) and Doc's Garden with vegan cheese. The former is a pizza with olive oil, garlic and oil brushed on the crust then topped with soy cheese, kalamata olives and serrano peppers. It is on the no red sauce section of their menu. The latter is a pizza with delicious red sauce, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and cheese. Normally, it comes with dairy cheese, but we ordered it with vegan cheese. The service and atmosphere were both great.

All of the pizzas have a fairly thin crust, and the no red sauce ones come out a little crispier than the red sauce ones. If you go with a group of people, I suggest getting one of each because they're both good in their respective ways.

I now understand why there's often a wait for a table at this restaurant. The food, service, and atmosphere are all top notch. I will be returning very soon.

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This place is amazing. Fantastic food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere. I brought some non-veg friends here and they loved the vegan pizzas we had. Their bread and dipping sauces are also delicious.

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Walker's Point


A block north of Greenfield Ave.

Allows Smoking

Not Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Pizza


  • Happy Hour
  • Kid-Friendly


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11am - 9pm
11am - midnight
3pm - midnight

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