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Sagra Food & Wine: A Passion Project Bringing Seasonal Italian Fare to La Crosse

photo provided by Sagra Food & Wine

Mitchell Weber is the owner and chef behind Sagra Food & Wine, a pop-up restaurant serving up delicious, seasonal Italian dishes. Mitchell’s passion for food shines through as he talks about his journey from childhood baking with friends to opening his own restaurant. La Crosse Local has previously interviewed Mitchell Weber on the La Crosse Local PodcastListen here!


From Butcher to Baker

Mitchell’s love for cooking began early on, sparked by a memorable experience with a KitchenAid stand mixer and some not-so-great pretzels. He credits his curiosity and desire to experiment as the driving forces behind his culinary journey.


Romancing the Past

Mitchell’s inspiration for Sagra Food & Wine’s Italian menu stems from his fond memories of Eduardo’s, a local (now closed) La Crosse restaurant he frequented as a child and later worked at. He aims to recreate the warmth and inviting atmosphere of that special place, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.


A Pop-Up with a Purpose

Sagra Food & Wine is unique in its approach. Operating out of a rented space above Piggy’s Restaurant, the restaurant offers a pre-fixe menu that changes weekly based on what’s available from local farmers. This commitment to sustainability and seasonality is a core value for Mitchell, who believes in serving food that is not only delicious but also ethically sourced.


Getting a Taste

If you’re interested in trying Sagra Food & Wine’s ever-evolving menu, head to their website to sign up for the email list. Reservations are taken a week in advance, and the dinners tend to fill up quickly. Be prepared for a unique dining experience that celebrates the bounty of the Midwest and the passion of a dedicated chef.


More Than Just a Meal

Sagra Food & Wine is more than just a restaurant; it’s a testament to Mitchell’s dedication to his craft and his community. By focusing on local ingredients and creating a welcoming atmosphere, he’s bringing a taste of Italy to La Crosse while showcasing the best of what the region has to offer. So next time you’re looking for a delicious and memorable dining experience, be sure to check out Sagra Food & Wine. You won’t be disappointed!


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