Crostini Bar opens in downtown Wausau with small plates, good wine

By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

Crostini Bar has finally opened its doors in downtown Wausau. 

The bar and restaurant opened June 15 at 307 N. Third St.. It serves up small artisan plates, craft beers, wines and liquors. Since opening, the restaurant has seen many curious customers in the new downtown space.

"Everyone seems to have embraced the atmosphere," said Korey Oertel, the head chef of the restaurant. 

Crostini Bar was slated to open in December 2016, but delayed opening several times. Owner Troy Davis did not return multiple requests for comment on the reasons behind the delay. 

Though there isn't a full menu yet — Oertel is waiting on some key kitchen appliances — he's been hard at work creating small, artisanal plates for customers. So far, he said, the salmon delight is the most popular, which includes toasted baguette slices, a cold salmon and a spread to hold it all together. 

But while the menu is growing, the focus is on the libations. 

"We've got good wine, 12 taps of unique beers that aren't usually found here (in Wausau,)" said Tom Deppiesse, the beverage director of Crostini. "We've also got scotches, some you probably can't find within 100 miles." 

This isn't Deppiesse's first time deciding drinks for a restaurant. He's been working with wine for the last 35 years, most recently at a wine bar in Stevens Point, called Indulgence. He'd been looking to close that wine bar and open a new location though, when he happened across the opening at Crostini Bar. It was a perfect fit for he and his wine knowledge, he said. 

While the workers are getting their foothold at Crostini Bar, Oertel and Deppiesse are going to fine-tune their menus and offerings, ensuring that there's a little something for everyone at the restaurant. 

"There's nothing we love more than seeing happy people," Oertel said.