Madison, WI 53703
Chef Giovanni Novella focuses on local ingredients and authentic Italian preparation methods with a modern twist. Translating to “100″ in Italian, the significance behind Cento’s name (pronounced Chento), lies in our location.
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday, 5 pm - 9 pm
Monday-Saturday, 5 pm - 10 pm
[Bar opens daily at 4 pm]
Thursday-Saturday, 10 pm - 12 am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For catering inquiries, please contact Jordan Bright at email@example.com.
Cento’s central location on the corner of Mifflin & Fairchild Streets ensures easy access to convenient downtown parking. Two public parking structures adjacent to Overture Center offer more than 1,400 parking spaces. Additional parking ramps can be found on State Street and the Capitol Square, and on-street metered parking is also available for short-term parking in the downtown area. www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/parking.cfm
Private Party Facilities:
At Cento, we pride ourselves on hosting spectacular private events. Whether you would like to entertain a select small group, or host a large reception throughout the entire restaurant, Cento offers a number of options suitable for any occasion. We tailor each event to suit your needs, and a dedicated staff will ensure that every detail of your event is attended to.
Experience Cento from within the intimate atmosphere of our second dining room, which can accommodate up to 35 guests. Our second dining room is equipped with a private bar and is perfect for any occasion, whether it"s a business function or a celebration with family and friends, and is situated a few steps up from our main dining room. For larger groups, exclusive use of the restaurant can be arranged for both luncheon and dinner events, with the front lounge and bar as the perfect setting for a reception in advance of a seated event.
Private Party Contact:
Jordan Bright: (608) 284-9378
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cento Ratings and Reviews
Overall a good brunch experience with a ...
Overall a good brunch experience with a couple of off notes. First, requested a quiet area and was seated in a room with 2 groups of 20+ right under a loud speaker. They moved us at our request. Very attentive server (McKenna) was able to read our signals about wanting time to talk, and we did not feel rushed. No milk substitute available for coffee. Quiche was very good - lamb and purple broccoli, which sounds odd but was quite mild. It had a nice custardy texture. A decent bloody mary but nothing super special about it.
We had brunch here on a Sunday- the food ...
We had brunch here on a Sunday- the food and service were great. The breakfast pizza with hollandaise and a poached egg is fantastic, as are their cocktails. It isn't a restaurant geared toward children, but they were very welcoming to our 4 year old. We will definitely be back.
We had a lovely meal. Started with the g ...
We had a lovely meal. Started with the goat cheese and beets, and the tuna tartare. Both were fantastic and equally tasty and fresh bringing out the goodness of the star ingredients. We then had the pasta with trumpet mushrooms and it was so good, also bringing out the nuances of the mushrooms and pasta, I wanted to lick the plate. We also ordered the swordfish and it was just a bad piece of fish that the chef never should've cooked or served. We sent it back. We finished with the sorbet and an espresso. We also had a beautiful bottle of Italian red to go with. We'll go back.
We were really disappointed with this re ...
We were really disappointed with this restaurant. The food was mediocre and we were expecting something interesting and delicious given the farm-to-table theme and price tag. We ordered a variety of food items and all of them were sub-par. I would not recommend this restaurant.
One of our favorite restaurants before a ...
One of our favorite restaurants before attending the Overture, just across the street. As always, dinner was great. Our pasta entrees and desserts fantistico. Our young waitress was charming, helpful, and efficient.
A friend and I had a 6:45 reservation at ...
A friend and I had a 6:45 reservation at Cento before an 8:00 show at the Overture Center. The timing was perfect. We arrived early, had a drink in the bar and were happy that our table was ready a little early. I had the Lasagna alla Bolognese. It was very tasty and thick, and a large enough portion to take home half of it for a second meal. I will definitely order it again. My friend had the Formaggi Pizza. It was excellent: golden brown crust, fresh greens, generous toppings, and piping hot. She also had half of it leftover for the next day. We arrived at the Overture Center across the street well ahead of the start time for the show.
We had a great bottle of wine and excell ...
We had a great bottle of wine and excellent food. This was a girl's night out--we were off to the Overture! Staff made sure we were on time and that the food arrived early so we could enjoy it and still get to the play. Wonderful experience, I would recommend this restaurant and will go again.
Loved the warm atmosphere, subdued light ...
Loved the warm atmosphere, subdued lighting, cozy seating. Place settings were elegant yet simple. Noise level was acceptable for a fairly large restaurant. The food was amazing, delicious, interesting choices. The wine was FABULOUS. Service was awesome, attentive, everyone made sure things were going well for our experience.
Chose because next to Overture. Waiter ...
Chose because next to Overture. Waiter was aware we were going to the 7:30 show, we arrived at 5:50 and ordered off the SHOW menu, but our desert ended up being served after 7:20. Cut dinner short after eating about half of dessert in order to make the show.
Came for Brunch. Good deal for the $25 ...
Came for Brunch. Good deal for the $25 Boozy Brunch - 2 cocktails, crouissant, endless coffee or tea and entree. We Enjoyed the smoked pork eggs Benedict, and the salami hash . Our waiter was busy helping prepare food, so we had to ask for our croissant and refills for coffee. We were there early so it wasn't as noisy as it could have been. Overall enjoyable brunch with creative drinks and food.
Our favorite place for pasta and mussels ...
Our favorite place for pasta and mussels. Everything is first rate and the pasta dishes are reasonable priced. Steaks are expensive but that's not what we go here for. Service is usually great but on this night slow and uneven. Bread was forgotten, wine was very slow to arrive and courses very slowly served. Seems like we were rubbernecking all night for something. Not sure if it was our server or the kitchen. It got to be annoying. They did comp us deserts for our trouble. Still recommend it.
We had a lovely time. There were 6 of u ...
We had a lovely time. There were 6 of us in deep booth, which sounds awful but worked out pretty well. The server knew how to get us served and ready to go by curtain time, which was FANTASTIC! The food was either good, meh or ...not so much, depending on what each of us ordered. The appetizers we great. I would go back again. Avoid the pulled pork.
Easy in and out before show at Overture. ...
Easy in and out before show at Overture. Hostesses could stand to pretend like they enjoy what they do. Beets were delicious. Let's leave the bacon wrapped dates for Avec, please. For the prices, was expecting a bit more wow.
Very convenient place to have a pre-Over ...
Very convenient place to have a pre-Overture show dinner. Literally across the street. Nice bar area with a Happy Hour. Food was excellent. We had the three course Theatre dinner. Spinach salad was very good and the three mushroom Bucatini was exceptional. Bread pudding not traditional but rather like a slice of fruit bread. Will definitely go again.
We went to Cento on a Sunday night for n ...
We went to Cento on a Sunday night for no specific reason, just dinner with my husband. No wait, quiet, classy atmosphere. Love the ambience of Cento. Great wine and drink list. I ordered my favorite meal--the orchiecette pasta and although it was good, it seems slightly off from other times I've ordered it. Other than that the food was excellent. Love the rotating dessert menu. Great restaraunt for an upscale dinner or date night
Cento was an amazing experience! We wer ...
Cento was an amazing experience! We were seated and attended to quickly and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. She was always making sure we were good on water and what not, but never to the point where it was intrusive. The food was fantastic! I ordered the risotto and my girlfriend got the margherita pizza and they were both delicious and surprisingly cheap for the quality and the dining experience. Definitely would recommend for any occasion but it's a great place for a date or special occasion.
I have been here twice and both times th ...
I have been here twice and both times the food was excellent. You really can't go wrong with any of their pasta dishes, which was more than enough food even as a main course. We did some appetizers with the pasta and all of us were full and satisfied.
I didn't find either the cabernet or the pinot noir by the glass to be anything special. If there's one constructive item that I would address it would be their wines by the glass, but I would not keep that from highly recommending this restaurant.
I was skeptical at first after a friend ...
I was skeptical at first after a friend said he was not impressed. My opinion is the exact opposite! Food is delicious, creative, and fantastic. The place is very modern and unique. Great location, attentive service, and overall no complaints. I will definitely be returning
First time visit and we were very impres ...
First time visit and we were very impressed. Service was outstanding and food was excellent. Location couldn't have been better for a pre-theater meal - right across the street from Overture. Brunch was outstanding as we has choices of breakfast, pasta, pizza options.
We went to Cento on 1/15/17 for brunch. ...
We went to Cento on 1/15/17 for brunch. They were out of the much anticipated french toast and had no more breakfast potatoes. It blows my mind to think that they ran out of bread and potatoes. Isn't that something you should have in bulk in anticipation of brunch?
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