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: 6082849378x
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
Had a wonderful experience for our anniv ...
Had a wonderful experience for our anniversary. The dates and the pasta were great and the setting was even better. We were immediately helped with the wine selection and not disappointed. The wine list was a bit pricey. They surprised us with a gift to celebrate as well. Would definitely go back to try other dishes as well as their cocktails.
Centro is fine dining defined, great for ...
Centro is fine dining defined, great for a special occasion since you do pay for the high quality there. It was so worth it though - creative and delicious recipes and a great place for intimate conversation before or after a show at the Overture Center across the street!
This was our first time to Cento. We cho ...
This was our first time to Cento. We chose it due to the great location near the Overture Center, but were impressed with the food and cocktails (all delicious), the atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff. It made for a wonderful evening.
We started with drinks at the bar before ...
We started with drinks at the bar before our meal, and they were very well made. At the table, service was top-notch -– knowledgeable, and attentive without being overly present. Our dishes – the balsamic chop and the taglietelle – were wonderful. The sides are large enough for two. The fingerling potatoes was good without being memorable; the almond pesto with the asparagus was a nice touch, but there was a vague burned taste to the dish, causing the only real off-note to the evening. Our bill of a bit over $100 covered drinks, appetizer, salad, our entrées and two sides and felt like a good value. All in all we had a delightful time, and will definitely be back.
The fried artichokes were great. I am ...
The fried artichokes were great. I am a connoisseur of red sauce, it had a lot of oregano/basil. I thought it had a little too much "herbs" in there. Overall very good quality of food. The Bucatini was incredible! I would definitely go back and eat there again.
Cento serves excellent food in a nice en ...
Cento serves excellent food in a nice environment. The waitstaff is always friendly and knowledgeable. We frequently dine there just before we go to the Overture Center as its location is perfect for rushing off to the theater.
Our server Sarah was educated and confid ...
Our server Sarah was educated and confident- she was one of the best servers I've ever had. Our octopus was phenomenal, and the dates, salads, bolognese and tenderloin shouldn't be missed either. Best restaurant in Madison, hands down.
Had enjoyed this restaurant for group ba ...
Had enjoyed this restaurant for group banquets in the past so looked forward to a nice anniversary dinner with my wife. Very disappointed all around. The staff were friendly but that's where the positive ends. The salads were lifeless, limp, and bland. The octopus appetizer was probably originally tasty but overcooked & dry. The risotto was mushy and without character. No bread, salt/pepper, grated cheese, or other expected features were on the table or offered by wait staff. Only the sorbet was fresh and appealing - but I could have had same from the grocery store, and saved $150. Fell far short of expectations for a supposedly high-end Italian place. Sorry - but we will not be back, and cannot recommend Cento to anyone.
What's not to love about Cento? Awesome ...
What's not to love about Cento? Awesome location. Awesome food. Awesome drinks. Awesome Awesome Awesome. Stopping in for Boozy Brunch was the best decision of my life. And that's saying something, because I once decided to NOT wear goucho pants when I very easily could have. Imagine the horror.
Four for you, Cento! YOU GO, CENTO! And none for Gretchen Weiners (or goucho pants for that matter).
So. Visiting for the Ironman. First co ...
So. Visiting for the Ironman. First course: tuna tartare: AMAZING. garnished with toasted pinenuts and swimming on a bed of avocado/garlic aioli (?). Every bite lovely. Next: fried artichokes: AMAZING, but the portion is VERY large compared to other portions. Order with care. 2 entrees: seafood stew (cioppino). Nice but a bit scarce on seafood and the sauce is tart. Pappardelle with prosciutto and arugula: sauce was amazing. Not that fond of arugula on a hot dish. VERY pretty and I love arugula, but it's a bit chewy.
I suggested a new dish combining the tart tomato with the lovely cream sauce on the pappardelle
Food was very good, good portion size, g ...
Food was very good, good portion size, good value. Was busy on on Sunday Night, good energy in the dining room, open kitchen, sat in a booth, had requested and they honored. Also noted anniversary and they comped our dessert, nice touch. The only comment that I would say is that the server could have touched table more, had to ask for another glass of wine, noticed there were no bussers, which could help the flow and turn the tables faster. Food sat on table a little longer, service could have been more engaging and she had opportunities to upsell but didn't. It was good service but not at par with the ambiance and food. Good job. I would recommend and visit again.
We made a spur of the moment late dinner ...
We made a spur of the moment late dinner reservation for Saturday. The drinks were perfectly mixed, wine list was solid and the food was even better. We ate a lot of excellent food and our tab was less than $100. Very reasonable for such a trendy atmosphere, great service, and awesome food. I would go back regularly if I lived in Madison.
Cento will roll out the red carpet to ma ...
Cento will roll out the red carpet to make a special night even more special . Top to bottom the service was excellent. It was a great place for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary. The service was attentive but not hovering, the food excellent and the ambiance was amazing.
We have been trying to get reservations ...
We have been trying to get reservations at Cento for a long time, but they've always been busy during the times I want to eat (a good sign). It was definitely worth the wait. The food was yummy and the decor was appealing. Service was excellent, especially as the waitstaff worked to accommodate my celiac needs. It was louder than I wish, but if we don't sit by the windows next time, perhaps that will be better. The food is delicious, but there were some items I would have liked to try that I simply didn't want to pay that much for. However, the pasta (yes, gluten-free options available) was reasonably priced, and I will definitely go back.
First time at Cento and my husband and I ...
First time at Cento and my husband and I both enjoyed it very much. The server was engaging, knowledgable and friendly but gave us our space. We had the fried artichokes and tuna for appetizers. We would highly recommend the artichokes but the tuna was too salty. We enjoyed both the Bolognese and the pork pasta dish very much. If you are looking for a bit of privacy and a a lower noise volume, ask for a booth, which is what we did. Only complaint is that our martinis were only 2/3 full. Overall, nice experience.
Awesome Italian food and cool atmosphere ...
Awesome Italian food and cool atmosphere! My sig other got the tagliatelle and I ordered the lasagna. Both were good, the tagliatelle was phenomenal! We ordered a market mule, which was a special based on ingredients at the farmers market. It was made with carrot and apple...interesting, unique, and tasty!
The one disappointment was the tiramisu we ordered for dessert. It was sub-par, but not bad...just would not order it again.
Overall, we will definitely be back!
We have dined at Cento multiple times an ...
We have dined at Cento multiple times and have never been disappointed. This was the first time that I ordered a pizza and it was beyond yummy! We also enjoyed appetizers . . . dates and the cheese board . . . and both were a perfect start to the meal. We shared a bottle of wine . . . I can't recall the name other than it was a red blend and very tasty. My husband had a pasta dish and cleaned his plate. We ate outside (very urban . . . my only comment is that Thursday is trash night in downtown Madison and the odor was, let me say, obvious). It's too bad that Madison isn't more friendly to outdoor dining . . . it's not Cento's fault but the City could be more friendly and accommodating as to its sidewalk "rules." Otherwise, we enjoyed Cento, as always!
Our group of 5 ate prior to a concert at ...
Our group of 5 ate prior to a concert at the Overture Center. We were able to get a few drinks off the happy Hour special menu which ended at 6, just before we were seated. W had a booth in the center and our server was unbelievably awesome! She knew her stuff, and the manager made a point to stop at each table and have a genuine conversation. Our server had a great sense of humor, and was quick to return to our table to check on our meals after we were served.
We had 5:45 reservations an it was a relaxing dinner while still getting out on time to get to the show. The noise level was a little high but it was just the acoustics in the building. NO loud music or crazy people shouting- just a lot of excitement of friends gathering- very nice.
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