Pizza, lakes, budgets, and cats

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Pizza, lakes, budgets, and cats
Images via Norvanta, illustration by Hayley Sperling

Happy Tuesday, Madison!

If you're looking for something cheesy, you've come to the right place.

Madison's Novanta was recently ranked No. 83 on Yelp’s list of the top 100 pizza restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

The restaurant is known for its traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, which bake in roughly 1,000-degree heat for 90 seconds.

News of the honors has already helped bring new and old customers in the door, according to the restaurant's owner Nick Mattioli.

“It was just really, really nice in every way,” Mattioli told the State Journal. “Sometimes it can be overwhelming. So far, knock on wood, things have been really smooth and just delightful.”

— Hayley

Lake Monona waterfront via City of Madison

🌊 The future of Lake Monona's waterfront.

  • Three design teams have presented proposals to transform the 1.7-mile stretch of Lake Monona's waterfront along John Nolen Drive between Olin Park and Willy Street.
  • The architects were tasked with creating a welcoming, inclusive, and environmentally focused master plan for the area that will be used to guide future lakeshore projects and improvements along Lake Monona. With this project, the city hopes to make the area more accessible, improve water quality, and better connect the Capitol Square to surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Make your voice heard: The city is collecting feedback on the proposals through a survey. You can look at the designs here and fill out the survey by March 23.

📚 Building MMSD's next budget is going to be hard.

🥗 Picking up where Little John's left off.

Mark your calendars for the primary.

Feb. 1 - Deadline to register by mail and online.

• Feb. 17 - Deadline to register in your municipal clerk’s office.

• Feb. 21 - Primary day

Emma likes to play and spend her days napping in the afternoon sunshine or curled up on a comfy sofa. Photos via DCHS

😻 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet: Emma.

  • From Dane County Humane Society: Emma is a distinguished, 11-year-old senior lady looking for a nice retirement home. She likes attention and receiving pets, but on her terms. She prefers head pets and will purr and head butt for them.

    Emma is looking for a home with a few sunny spots for her to nap in and a family who will give her attention when she wants it. Learn more about her here.

🎣 Your lunchtime read: A few things I learned ice fishing with the Wisconsin DNR.

  • Via Madison Magazine: "On icy Lake Monona on Saturday, Jan. 21, I had my first experience ice fishing. While the temperatures were below freezing and I didn’t manage to catch anything besides weeds, it’s definitely an activity that I would like to try again. From a first-time ice fisher, here’s what I learned."
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🎙️ Today on the pod

Monica Martin photographed by Josh Stadlen

After Phox, Monica Martin’s Solo Career Takes Off

She’s been called the "not so secret weapon" of "one of the most accomplished Wisconsin bands of the 21st century." We sit down with Monica Martin… singer, songwriter, and former lead singer of the local indie band PHOX. She’s now working as a solo artist in Los Angeles, where’s she’s a rising star. We learn about the Madison roots that launched her career… and what it’s REALLY like to be Bianca Martin’s big sister.

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