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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Cento Ratings and Reviews
Loved this place... Can't wait to go bac ...
Loved this place... Can't wait to go back! I am still dreaming about the artichoke appetizer, gnocchi and chocolate cherry dessert! I went with several friends and we ordered a bunch of things and shared them. There was one pizza that wasn't our favorite but everything else was outstanding!!
The atmosphere was gorgeous but not too fancy. Can't wait to go back and sit in one of the big velvet booth The atmosphere was gorgeous but not too fancy. Can't wait to go back and sit in one of the big velvet booths!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experie ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Cento. The waitress was very friendly and helpful, the food was fabulous and it's right across the street from the theater! We will definitely recommend this place to others.
My boyfriend and I came to Cento on an a ...
My boyfriend and I came to Cento on an anniversary! I had been here for a friend's birthday about a year prior and I suggested that we go. I was a little nervous that he wasn't going to like it because he can be a bit picky but the minute we got in he said that he "loved the ambiance." Our food was so delicious and I was just as impressed as I had been the first time I went!
I dined at Cento recenlty with a friend. ...
I dined at Cento recenlty with a friend. We shared the Brussel Sprout Salad to start and it was delicious. My friend ordered the risotto but found it be much cheesier than expected and too much so for her taste. I had the lamb pasta which was very tasty. Our waitress was on top of us too much at the beginning of the meal but then was MIA after that -- fortunately the manager stopped by and was able to get us the bread that we'd requested about 15 minutes before -- I could see the bread and had been tempted to just go get some myself! Granted it was a Friday night but still ... plus, beware, the acoustics are not great and it was VERY loud at our table (perhaps the booths are quieter?).
We always enjoy dining at Cento. Everyt ...
We always enjoy dining at Cento. Everything came out quickly and at proper temp. Only criticism I have is that everything was a little under seasoned for our liking. Service was cordial and professional. Menu is very diverse. We keep saying we need to come back more often....and we will.
I love this place and have added it to m ...
I love this place and have added it to my growing list of restaurants that I can take out of town guests to. Pasta dishes are delicious, properly sauced and portioned. High end meat and fish options. Nice selection of wine and cocktails. Great contemporary space. Noise level can get high when busy. I will be back!
Best Boozy Brunch deal. 2 cocktails, any ...
Best Boozy Brunch deal. 2 cocktails, any brunch entrées of your choosing, free coffee and delicious pastry all for $25! Can't get it anywhere else. Be sure to try the Bella Frizzante to start off. It's refreshing and delicious. The croissant was flaky and fluffy.
We had the lemon ricotta pancake which taste like dessert it was so good. The salami hash was a bit too salty but delicious anyway. Love the grilled bread on the side.
The only thing lacking is a nice kids menu for family dining.
Really good food and excellent service. ...
Really good food and excellent service. Just too loud for me. It could be the way the place is constructed. The air conditioning was set up at a very low temperature. I was freezing, and my friend too, but everybody else seemed to be happy.
The bacon wrapped dates were delicious. ...
The bacon wrapped dates were delicious. Possibly the best food we had. We had two pasta dishes, lasagna and tagliatelle . Both were good but not great. Lacked any distinctive flavors. Everything is alacarte, adding to the cost which brings it to the high end. The service and atmosphere were excellent. It really is a very lovely place. I think I would return for drinks and appetizers instead of a full meal.
We would like to support this restaurant ...
We would like to support this restaurant in the future but it needs to get its act together. We had inexplicably slow service which we don't think was our servers fault. Some things on the menu were were unavailable after ordering. Come on, a good chef/kitchen should know that before people order! You need to concentrate on doing a great job on your entrees. The consensus was that the antipasti was the highlight .
We went to Cento for a small business di ...
We went to Cento for a small business dinner. The food, wine, and cocktails were delicious. The downtown location was great with a nice view, and service was very friendly and attentive. My only complaint was the noise level. We sat in a booth with a nice view of the Overture Center, but even in a booth I could barely hear the person sitting next to me, and had a really hard time having a conversation with my colleagues across the booth. I like the vibrant, energetic, downtown atmosphere, but if they could figure out how to reduce the noise level just a bit, it would be perfect.
Food was fantastic! Took my daughter here for a pre-graduation celebration. The menu had a good variety of choices without being overwhelming. The service was great. No one stopped by every 3 minutes to see "how we were doing". It was just the perfect amount of attention. The manager stopped by briefly at the end of our meal to thank us for dining there and to see if we enjoyed the meal. The décor was current without being overly "hip". They have a nice assortment of appetizers and small plates to go along with a tasty array of pastas and entrees. We were too full for dessert! Our only complaint was the butter and olive oil condiment for the bread was entirely too salty to eat. The bread, however, was delicious. I highly recommend your next dinner out be at Cento.
A lovely experience from start to finish!
Our dinner was delightful, and the dishes were inspired. The caramelized fennel was especially memorable. Simple elegance. The service was attentive but not pushy. We were full, but couldn't resist the lemon sorbet with our coffee. Thank you.
We will be back and will gladly recommend it to others.
an excellent choice if attending an event nearby
if you are attending an event at the Overture Center, Cento is a nice place to get dinner before hand, or even drinks which are specialties. Service was exceptional!!
Food was very , very good - not exactly cheap - but quality NEVER is.
Dinner was delicious, however very meage ...
Dinner was delicious, however very meager serving! Really, for pasta? At These prices, one should not leave hungry! Ordered a pasta dish that had a delicious broth. I asked the waitress for some bread to soak it up. Bread was outstanding but there was a charge for it! Really???? Why? Pros: Delicious food, great service, nice atmosphere. Cons: small portions, unnecessary surcharges. Overpriced for what you get. One shouldn't leave not satisfied after spending $$$.
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