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
Kitchen was so slow they felt bad about ...
Kitchen was so slow they felt bad about service and volunteered a free desert. Young loud hip crowd-too many hats on young men for my taste. Loud and dark like a dance club. Parking tough on a Monday but that is Madison. After two years at this location this multi restaurant owner group should be more consistent. I'll look elsewhere next visit to Madison.
Cento was absolutely amazing. My server ...
Cento was absolutely amazing. My server Lizzie was very attentive and friendly. The chef also fulfilled a special request that my date had with regards to a pasta dish she was craving and the chef absolutely floored us with the end result. Thank you Cento for making my "last first date" very memorable. We will be back for our engagement dinner in the near future. Ciao!
Even though there was a 30-minute wait f ...
Even though there was a 30-minute wait for a reservation made three weeks prior, they recovered nicely, offering a complimentary appetizer. The salad we chose was excellent and without our asking, they served it on two individual plates. Our server and the food could not have been better. While Cento was a great place to celebrate our anniversary (they also provided us with a comped dessert for this occasion), be aware that it is very noisy, so if you're set on a cozy place where you can converse easily, another spot may be the better choice. Thanks, Cento, for a great evening.
Halibut was overcooked. The fennel was n ...
Halibut was overcooked. The fennel was nearly raw. The pasta was overcooked and served in a lukewarm, pasty, tasteless tomato sauce.
Service was good, the sommelier being particularly helpful.
Not good food at any price point.
The noise level is outrageous. Four peop ...
The noise level is outrageous. Four people cannot have a conversation without shouting. The food is very average for a restaurant that pretends to be upscale. And the service is very slow. 55 minutes from ordering to getting food. The server was pleasant.
Wonderfully special anniversary dinner! ...
Wonderfully special anniversary dinner! We advised the restaurant ahead of time about our special occasion and they treated us to desserts. The inventiveness of the appetizers and drinks was tremendous. The quality of service was impeccable. We will definitely return for future special occasions.
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 my third visit to Cento. Compa ...
This was my third visit to Cento. Compared to the last two times I visited, I found the food significantly down-graded. I had bacon-wrapped dates, soppresato salad, and the cod. Doesn't that all sound yummy? It might have been if it hadn't all been covered in a marinara sauce. The dates were swimming in it. The salad seemed to be dressed with it, but thankfully not too overpowering. When my cod came, it was covered with what appeared to be the same sauce. In this case the saucy stuff was so strong, I couldn't even taste my cod.
We were not at all pleased with the music. At first it seemed to be very soft so not a problem. But it got louder and we found it hard to talk. Clearly this restaurant is catering to the younger set. They are serving pizza and really focusing on the lower grade Italian aspect. I'm not sure I'll be returning.
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
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