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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.
Madison, WI 53703
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cento Ratings and Reviews
The food at Cento is good. Not amazing, but above-average. Having to pay $3 for bread at an Italian restaurant feels really chintzy (I mean really...), especially when small pizzas and pasta bowls cost in the mid-teens. But what kills Cento for us is that the place is just too darned loud. The tables are close together, and you almost have to shout hear your partner across a tiny table. In short, the ambience stinks; the clientele is mostly yuppity and boisterous (Epic?), but Cento has done nothing to instill a feeling of coziness and or even comfort for the more "boring" middle-aged customers. And there is also more than a touch of frou-frou-ness, such as bringing the wine in carefully measured amounts as if it were a stiff, fancy restaurant. Big turnoff; we prefer relaxed, friendly, and informal. The food and value aren't good enough to overcome the negatives.
Good price on cocktails, wide range of wines. Fried artichoke is great. Mixed greens salad excellent; butter lettuce salad less satisfying. Both pasta dishes were excellent — tagliatelle and casarecce. Service was reasonably attentive. The service system seemed a bit chaotic. Overall, excellent food. Loved it.
Overall it was good! The wine list was good and there was a wide variety. If you are looking for a place with a good atmosphere and good service, this place is perfect. However, the food did not live up to the hype. We had the Butcher Board and it was good. The cheese and honey were awesome, but the meat fell short. There was a selection of meat that had hard cartilage and was not edible. We had the Risotto and the Orecchiette. The Risotto had a lot of seafood, but it was severely over salted. The Orecchiette did not have the flour cooked all the way out of the sauce. Finally dessert: we shared the Affogato, but the gelato was icy and the espresso (though local) had too much acid. It did come with a cookie that didn't match the remainder of the dessert.
Located across the street from the Overture Center so perfect for a pre-event meal.
The food itself ranges from very good to OK depending on what you order. I have eaten there
multiple times and would recommend the brunch egg-based selections as very good. The pasta
All in all it's an excellent selection for a pre or post Overture Center event meal particularly given the
frequent Madison winter inclement weather.
Had brunch here on a Sunday morning. A little wait wait from our booked time but aware of our own time crunch staff were very responsive. Service was excellent and food superb. Plan to eat there again pre-symphony in a few weeks. As opposed to many places in Madison, Cento has a feeling for space; I do not feel I am sitting on top of the next table.
The grilled calamari dish had hardly any calamari, mainly potatoes.
The meat and cheese board only had 2 very small amounts of cheese. Meats were 3.
The swordfish dish was tasty, but, tiny, and overpriced.
The chicken parm was average and overpriced.
The pasta dishes were good, prices average.
The fried artuchoke was very good.
The wine, cocktails were good.
I booked Cento for a business lunch of 4 people. The Italian food served ( we had a Margharita Pizza, salmon, gnocchi and a special; great salads, good winelist) matched their reputation: excellent. Service was courteous, prompt, attentive. The ambience was nice, but the acoustics in the large room made for a bit too much noise. The food is outstanding. I recommend this place for groups of friends, families and colleagues. So close to the Capitol and to hotels and State Street, where much happens in Madison, WI.
Very good food, especially the grilled octopus and orecchiette with sausage. Basil cocktail was also very good and refreshing without being too sweet. My only watch out is that they use the same mix of ingredients (fingerlings, olives, celery, ...) in multiple dishes and our octopus appetizer so you have to be careful what you order or you will eat the same thing twice which is what happened to us. I understand that restaurants are trying to be efficient by doing this but it would be good if the waitress points this out when we order. It was delicious so didn't mind that much but really glad we mixed ordering the olives or it would have been too much.
Usually eat here once a month. Service was poor. Wine that was ordered showed up when the entrees were finished. Pasta was luke warm. Had two large tables of guests which seemed to get more attention even though they arrived after us.
outstanding food as usual. pre-dinner drink at bar with great service. seated in back room with 2 large groups. extremely noisy will not request that area ever. service was adequate with lengthly waits between order and food delivery. spouse's birthday ignored by server.
We enjoyed our first visit to Cento. Service was excellent even though the restaurant was busy. We chose the bucatini and the pappardelle dishes plus the side of Brussels sprouts. Wonderful flavor, perfect pasta, and the recommended wine was an excellent pair. Highly recommend although quite vibrant (loud thus conversation was not always easy so we ate!)
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