About Us


Welcome to Gemma Rae’s Cheesecake Café. We are a locally owned and operated restaurant located in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. We specialize in homemade quality authentic Italian foods, and bakery. Whether you choose to dine in, or carry out we have a friendly experienced staff, great ambiance and location. We are dedicated to providing the best food and atmosphere anywhere. Gemma Rae’s Cheesecake Café where our main ingredient is love.


Gemma which is Italian for “precious jewel”, was born in October of 2000, and is my Granddaughter. She was named by my father, Joseph Fugarino, a local restaurateur who was better known as Giuseppe. To Gemma he was simply Papa. One day Gemma asked me to show her how to make a cheesecake. This was the start of Gemma Rae’s Homestyle Cheesecakes. After enjoying much success we decided to open Gemma Rae’s Cheesecake Cafe in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Specialties at this Milwaukee café include cannoli, tiramisu, cookies, cream puffs, ricotta cake and of course the best cheesecake in Milwaukee! These tasteful treats are baked daily by the owner Joann Rader.


Gemma Rae’s Cheesecake Café certainly offers more than just dessert. Diners can enjoy homemade Italian food during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’re invited to enjoy a mouth-watering Sicilian steak, chicken parmesan, and eggplant parmesan. Come in today and you will surely be satisfied with all of the offers of this metro-Milwaukee cheesecake café. Enjoy homemade tasty Italian at this Hales Corners restaurant, and become part of the family at Gemma Rae’s Cheesecake Café.