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Bartolotta Catering & Events at Discovery World is a wedding venue in Milwaukee, WI. Set in the downtown area, this modern event facility offers impressive views of Lake Michigan. Here, you and your partner can celebrate your big day with delicious food, welcoming staff, and picturesque surroundings.

Facilities and Capacity

At Bartolotta Catering & Events at Discovery World, you will find several beautiful event spaces to mark your milestone occasion. The Pilot House, with its mesmerizing 360-degree vistas of the lake and sky, is the perfect spot to gather with loved ones. While you admire the magical scenery, you can sit back and relax while the professional staff tends to your needs. With tasty four-star food to savor and premium beverages to sip on, you'll feel relaxed and well-cared for. The venue also features a large ballroom where you can dance the night away with loved ones. If you want to step outside to admire the water, the outdoor patio is a great spot to watch the sun go down.

Services Offered

Whether you're hosting an intimate ceremony or lavish reception, the staff at Bartolotta Catering & Events at Discovery World will be there to assist you. They can help you plan your dream day and ensure everything is well coordinated for a seamless result. Audiovisual equipment is available for all your entertainment needs, with an onsite supervisor to provide technical support where necessary.


Renowned for its mouthwatering catering, this venue can offer numerous dining options to suit your preferences. From hot and cold appetizers to buffets and plated services, there's something for everyone. The chefs can also prepare desserts and late-night snacks to satisfy your palate.

4.7 out of 5 rating
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25 Reviews
Vivian L. Sent on 07/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Each Guest was Awed by the view and the staff that made the dinner exceptional.

Our daughter wanted no venue other than the Pilot House at Discovery World because we had taken her to a family wedding when she was 15. It made an indelible impression on her then and from the moment we signed the contract with Bartolotta's Catering, we had constant communication with our contact there. Unfortunately, one month before the wedding, our main contact left Bartolotta's after having worked with him for almost one year.
To say we were disappointed was an understatement as I had communicated with him through hundreds of emails. We were immediately contacted by Joanne Hansen and Marni Fishbain who took over his position and these women did everything in their power to make our concerns heard and make us feel valued. They gave our vendors extra time to set up the wedding and evencommunicated with us late into the evening to resolve any problem that would arise.
The Wedding turned out beautifully and we could not have asked for a better team. The staff was efficient and professional, the food was outstanding and the venue speaks for itself. IF Discovery World is at all on your list, please ask for these women to show you around. They know the wedding business inside and out. They are there to serve and to achieve the goal of having the wedding be the best day of your daughter's life!
Melissa V. Sent on 11/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating


Hurricane Ian destroyed my original wedding venue in Florida. The day after the hit I called Madeline with Bartolottas and she and Liz made my dream wedding happen in 5 weeks!!!! The food was amazing! The service was incredible!!! Madeline and Liz were extremely helpful in the wedding planning process! They made a stressful situation so much less stressful! I could not recommend them more, I wish I could give them 10 stars! My dream wedding would not have been possible without them.
Rakesh S. Sent on 07/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating


Absolutely an unbelievable experience! I had my wedding here on 6/29/19 and let me start this review by saying that I cannot recommend this place enough! I chose Discovery World Museum as my venue because I really like the way the building looks and the views are easily some of the best in Milwaukee. My point of contact and venue coordinator was Madeline Cope. From my initial email to the last one, she was extremely attentive, gave awesome recommendations and thought of details that both my (now) wife and I didn’t even think about at the time but now realize how impactful it made our wedding. I have seen the wedding planning process done with friends and other family and I was always afraid of having that same stress with my wedding, but with Madeline helping and all the options available through Bartollota Catering, the whole process was unbelievably easy. The food was outstanding – especially the grilled cheese and tomato soup appetizer (GET IT - trust me on this one) and the ravioli and steak meals were probably some of the best dishes we’ve had. Our guests could not stop talking about the food all night! We had our cocktail hour in the aquarium and our main event at the Pilot house. The aquarium was perfect for that portion because it felt intimate and the lighting and tanks were just stunning and a great conversation starter between guests. The pilot house was perfect for the wedding because it has this amazing 360 degree view of the city and lake (and Summerfest) plus the balcony is just an added bonus for guests to walk around, enjoy their drinks and take in the views. The service was that of a 5 star hotel – all of the staff members were super kind, always smiling, sharply dressed and just so pleasant to talk with. Madeline coordinated just about everything once the celebrations started, from us walking out for ceremony, the transition between the ceremony to dinner (another cocktail hour), drinks after dinner and lastly our fireworks. We chose to have our first dance after dinner and wanted to surprise our guests with fireworks during our dance (Discovery World offers that service by the way). She knew how long our song was and coordinated it PERFECTLY with their fireworks crew so that as soon as I dipped my wife at the end of the song, the fireworks launched EXACTLY at that moment. My family, my guests and especially my wife were so amazed at how beautiful this wedding turned out that they kept talking about it all weekend and I’m still getting texts and emails as I’m writing this review! Madeline Cope was perfect, Discovery World was perfect and Bartolotta Catering was perfect. I honest hope that my sincerest admiration shows in this review.
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