A passion for cooking combined with a yearning desire to please have helped make Chef Kate Gerrard a successful restaurateur and entrepreneur. She started her first establishment in La Crosse, Kate’s on State, in 2002. Originally located near UW-La Crosse, that restaurant is now located at 333 Main Street, less than two blocks from Kate’s Pizza Amore (which opened in 2009). The menus at both restaurants are Kate’s creations or her special take on a familiar recipe.
My goal is to create unique, delicious meals that leave customers
looking forward to their next culinary adventure.
Her logo, with a chef’s hat perched on top of a heart, and the name of the restaurant, says it all for Gerrard. “It’s all about the love.” With an emphasis on unique, fresh and plentiful toppings, Kate’s Pizza Amore and Kate’s on State mirror the “California/Italian” cuisine that each restaurant features. Kate is a highly respected chef and she still makes fabulous and special dinners at Kate’s on State – while also engaging in wining and dining her guests at Kate’s Pizza Amore.
Best of La Crosse – Best Chef – Runner Up 2014
Best of La Crosse – Best Pizza – Winner 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Runner Up 2014
Best of La Crosse – Best Fine Dining – Winner 2010, 2011, 2012; Runner Up 2013, 2014