Cento is a great spot for a casual diner looking for a date night. Wine selection was okay, certainly not the best in Madison though. We had the roasted char, and the "Italian Classic" spaghetti and meatballs. Char was very well seasoned, but served on the rare side- the center was completely raw. barely warmed. The seasonal veggies that came with it were delicious (brussel sprouts, carrots, fingerling potatoes, mushrooms) but there were way more mushrooms than anything else. Spaghetti and the sauce was terrific. Meatballs were really disappointing. Tasted like mediocre Italian sausage. Carrot cake with gelato for dessert was absolutely impeccable, a real treat. Service was terrific, though the entryway was crowded and uncomfortable while we waited for our table to be ready. Overall a good date and one I would do again, but given other options in the area, probably not my favorite italian place downtown.
Took about 45 minutes to order and another hour to get food.
If I could give the overall and service 0 stars I would. This was by far my worst experience at Cento and I will more than likely go elsewhere next time. We were visiting for a late night bite, dessert, and wine. Our waitress seemed to go out of her way to be rude and very unprofessional. It was quite embarrassing. She made us feel inferior, humiliated us, and failed to serve us in every way and treated us like an inconvenience. The food was just ok, but the wine was awful. Waste of time and money to be completely honest.
We got the reservation to go with Overture but were not notified that it would be a prix fix due to Valentine's Day. Food excellent if overpriced. Waiter needed training. (Ex. Didn't offer coffee with dessert. Then offered coffee refill to only 1 at our table, not both. And other tacky stuff any basic waiter should know.) This was not our first trip to Cento but it will be our last, at least for awhile.
Every time I have dined at this restaurant the service has been great and the food is incredible. I look forward to dining here again.
Great food, a little loud. Great ambience. Service was...okay. They have a lot of "green" servers there (college kids), who just aren't as polished and attentive as they should be for a place like this. Also, our takeout box was covered in greasy fingerprints; not the type of impression you want to leave!
Second time we've come for our anniversary. Complimentary prosecco was delish!
Delicious brunch! My husband ordered the eggs benedict while I ordered the bucatini and both were incredibly delicious! I would definitely recommend this place!
Overall the restaurant was good. However it was quite noisy
Outstanding Italian food, good service and impressive wine list.
Orrechette with sausage, pecorino, tomatoes, spinach , in a butter, beef flavor sauce as good as any in the world. Several glitches with service, cold coffee, salad without dressing, etc chalk up to new server. Nice pleasant guy though. No decaf cappuccino. Prices very reasonable but decision to charge for bread not wise. A tad noisy because crowded. Excellent spinach salad as well.
Enjoyed our meal very much. Service was very friendly and attentive. It was a tad noisy.
Because of the high ceilings, it was a bit noisy and hard to have a conversation. Overall it was great!
My husband and I enjoyed brunch
The seafood risotto was way over buttered and not cooked enough. The seafood itself was cooked perfectly, but could not get over the sauce or texture of the risotto itself.
Helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Brunch entree was average, food was a bit cold when it arrived and our breakfast potatoes definitely needed a dipping sauce or seasoning. Pastry and cocktails were amazing though!
This was a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Every dish we ordered was amazing. The server was not attentive and a little slow. Otherwise the experience would have been perfect!
Food was very good. A bit on the slow side Server was helpful ok with the wine selection not great.
Food and service was wonderful! Would 100% come back!
Good location and ambiance. Sourdough bread and the roasted Brussel Sprouts were wonderful