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 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: 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
Too expensive for the quality. Nice open ...
Too expensive for the quality. Nice open kitchen and excellent specialty cocktails. Bacon-wrapped dates are worth the hype. The Mussels appetizer was a let down with gritty shellfish, a tasty broth that was difficult to eat without a soup spoon and a small hunk of burned bread. Speaking of bread...every dish cried out for bread but cost $3 for a minimal amount. If I am paying over $150 for dinner, give me some bread! The entrees were great but $35 for a small piece of fish with no sides (those are extra, of course) it was hardly worth it. The tiramisu was tiny and overwhelmed by a giant scoop of frozen dairy for $9, also not worth the money.
The best part of the dinner was the Vermouth on tap. Worth every penny.
Great service, btw!
This was our first time at Cento, and we ...
This was our first time at Cento, and we will definitely return. We each had pasta dishes (gnocchi & Orrichette) that were mouth watering and incredibly delicious. Their dates stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon in a tomato sauce were a very nice appetizer. We ordered their olives, and they, too, were flavored just right, but there were too many for 2 people--probably need to offer a small order or a larger order. We ordered some asparagus & it was a little tough--when I mentioned it, our waitress took it back to the chef, and the chef apologized, and the charge was removed from our bill. We were impressed by that. We went to Cento prior to a performance at the Overture Center--we live an hour away from Madison-- but would drive in just to eat at Cento. Our waitress was terrific, and the restaurant was filled with happy diners. Just a wonderful experience & so fun to discover a new restaurant in Madison & one so close to the Overture Center.
The happy hour pricing and drinks were g ...
The happy hour pricing and drinks were great. Our food was wonderful. But best of all, was our server. She went above and beyond in listening and taking care of us. I wish I remembered her name- she was fabulous!
Staff was very attentive....GM was very ...
Staff was very attentive....GM was very attentive to all customers including opening the door for a lady with a stroller struggling to get in...food was fantastic and we will definitely be back...great job CENTO!!!
I've been trying to get here since it op ...
I've been trying to get here since it opened. Seems it's location adjacent to Overture Center made event night impossible. Set this reservation 2 weeks in advance. We arrived late to our reservation due to the show we saw running late. Hostess was ok yet with 3 dozen empty tables it seemed a HUGE imposition for us to find a table. That set the service tone for the evening.
Our waitperson was very sweet and pleasant yet incredibly non-existent through the course of our evening. Seemed very unfamiliar with the menu.
We were a table of 4. Ordered starters, salad and an entree each. Not a small dinner experience to say the least. Cocktails seemed to take an eternity to get as was the wine we ordered with the entree.
The food was very good. VERY good. Just wish they could get the service figured out. As the ambience and menu pricing command a much better dining experience. I'll go back at least on more time to see if we simply hit an off night yet can't give Cento any more marks at this point.
Service was phenomenal. Food was above a ...
Service was phenomenal. Food was above and beyond. Definitely a spot for foodies. Not the best place for quiet conversation, but the food is so great there is no need to talk. Highly recommend if you are in the Madison area.
Several of my exec's said the food seeme ...
Several of my exec's said the food seemed "rubbery". Our guests also said that and sent their meals back. We were given a discount on the meal - that was appreciated.
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Overpriced. Samba and Fresco better qual ...
Overpriced. Samba and Fresco better quality and value. Someone took my coat at beginning, then didn't know how to retrieve it for me at the end. My seafood stew was very stingy on seafood and mostly broth. Your bacon and date appetizer was outstanding. Would probably not come again and would not recommend to others.
When we called to say we would be 10 min ...
When we called to say we would be 10 minutes late due to traffic , we were told that was ok as long as we vacated our table by 6:30 (5pm reservation). My wife's pasta dish was average and my fish was badly overcooked and dry. They did replace the it when the manager asked how dinner was and I gave him a honest answer.
It's ok but wouldn't suggest it for a memorable dining experience. At least a positive memory.
Great restaurant. And our party of give ...
Great restaurant. And our party of give people came in an hour early (my fault) and the hostess couldn't have been nicer even though they were busy. Creative, good food. We were there at brunch time and they had delicious omelette, breakfast pizza and a great charcuterie plate. A winner!
Brunched with my partner and my son rece ...
Brunched with my partner and my son recently. The Boozy Brunch special is fantastic; cocktails were delicious, the bottomless Collectivo coffee was just what we needed, and our entrees were delicious. My partner and I can't wait to go back for a date night!
First time at Cento after hearing raves. ...
First time at Cento after hearing raves. It was good, but not sure it was rave-worthy. Good energy in the place and the service was helpful, friendly and timely. Food was . . . fine? Appetizers of olives (many, many olives) and bacon-wrapped dates - the former was way too much for two people, the latter was more appropriately portioned. Butternut squash soup for my date was enjoyed. We both ordered different pasta dishes - again, solid in a "yeah - fine" way. Dessert was a tiramisu that we shared. They were out of the port I had hoped to have with it (it was listed on the dessert menu); settled for a lesser version that was indeed lesser.
Good place to arrange a pre-downtown outing dinner (we went to a concert at the Majestic afterward). Not sold that it's a destination all on its own.
The dining room was beautiful. I was in ...
The dining room was beautiful. I was in a group of 9 friends and we were going to an event at the Overture. We allowed 1.5 hours for dinner, but not enough time. We waited at the table for 20 minutes before they took our drink order. My main disappointment though was the quality of the food. I had a beet salad and that turned out to be quite acidic. I thought that was just a bad choice on my part, but I did really like the sound of the blend of the ingredients so I thought I'd give it a try. The lasagna was terrible. The tomato sauce tasted like it was poured directly from a can. Everyone that had an entre with tomato sauce complained that it was too acidic and did not have a good flavor. Even a woman we did not know in the bathroom was commenting that her sauce on the spaghetti and meatballs was the same. I did tell the manager about it because I thought it just might be an off night. He took a $5 credit off my bill. The other thing that would have been nice was a basket of bread on the table. That is ale cart if you want bread. The portions were so huge that you could have fed a family of 4. I'd recommend cutting the portions and providing bread as included in the dining experience.
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