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Cento

4.5
1058 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Chef Chris Myers 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm

DINNER
Sunday, 5 pm - 9 pm
Monday-Saturday, 5 pm - 10 pm
[Bar opens daily at 4 pm]

LATE NIGHT
Thursday-Saturday, 10 pm - 12 am
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Phone number
(608) 284-9378
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Giovanni Novella
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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.
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Private party contact
Jordan Bright: (608) 284-9378
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Catering
For catering inquiries, please contact Jordan Bright at jbright@foodfightinc.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairchild
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Parking details
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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1058 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.2
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MichaelZ 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Took about 45 minutes to order and another hour to get food.

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NelsonH (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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Garth (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Second time we've come for our anniversary. Complimentary prosecco was delish!

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vipBcdA (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious brunch! My husband ordered the eggs benedict while I ordered the bucatini and both were incredibly delicious! I would definitely recommend this place!

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Lillian (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall the restaurant was good. However it was quite noisy

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Outstanding Italian food, good service and impressive wine list.

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vipMike (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Enjoyed our meal very much. Service was very friendly and attentive. It was a tad noisy.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Because of the high ceilings, it was a bit noisy and hard to have a conversation. Overall it was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed brunch

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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NelsonH (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Beautiful atmosphere.

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Maddy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

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GRLlll (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was very good. A bit on the slow side Server was helpful ok with the wine selection not great.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food and service was wonderful! Would 100% come back!

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Good location and ambiance. Sourdough bread and the roasted Brussel Sprouts were wonderful

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