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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.
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, 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
The warm olives were a unique & wonderful starter, and the blackberry cobbler special (using locally sourced berries ) was superb. Both our entrees were flavorful, and above expectations. Our server, Emily, was exceptional. She made sure we were satisfied at every step, including having others check on us when it got busy, but never hovered or interrupted . We were impressed with the overall experience and will not hesitate to return, or recommend to others.
Overall, we were very happy to be able to celebrate our 10years anniversary at Cento. We usually go out for a dinner for our anniversary but decided to go for a nice brunch this time since we didn't have a baby sitter for our 2 years old son. They provided us a booth seat as I requested in advance and even offered us a couple of free prosecco for our anniversary. Our hostess, Mary was very friendly and said "happy anniversary" as soon as she started our table. She knows well regarding menu and was thoughtful to bring a cup of milk with a handle so my son could drink easier. She knew when to check on us so we had a nice time to talk and relax without feeling being interrupted. We also thought writing "happy anniversary" on receipt was very sweet of her and have more nice things to say regarding our check, too. Of course the food was excellent and we would like to come back for a dinner next time. The restaurant is neat and all staff that I interacted with were friendly and polite. We felt that our experience at Cento was great and Mary made our anniversary brunch very special. We will definitely go back and also recommend to our friends :-)
Thank you CENTO for making my wife's 70th Birthday special. You acknowledged her birthday as soon as we were seated and told us of the complimentary dessert - thoughtful & a great start. The antipasti was creative, salads were fresh and pasta - perfect al dente. The wait staff was on the ball throughout the meal.
Lovely way to dine on our wedding anniversary!
While it wasn't quiet, the place has good energy and ambiance.
The food was delish...loved the chestnut soup, especially.
And we were treated to a yummy blackberry dessert.
Kudos to our server were passed on to the manager.
On a yearly Madison visit, we decided to try a new Italian offering. My friend has very specific dietary restrictions, and the staff was able to handle any/all questions. We even had a coupon for a free appetizer (Bacon wrapped dates), but because of my friends nitrate issues - the staff was able to switch to the Meatball appetizer. Our waiter Justin had a keen knowledge of their wines and used easy to understand terminology. My friend mentioned that Justin may have been the BEST waiter she had ever experienced. (i.e. always asked if he could remove a plate/reach to attend something/check to see if we had what we needed). All in all a memorable foodie evening!
Food was delicious just like the two other times I was here. Lighting and atmosphere is good. It is quite loud, though. I can hardly hear the person across the table from me. They would benefit from a sound engineer to design some sound absorbers.
The only real downfall of the night was the waitress who pushed to get us out of there. She asked on several occasions if I was done eating; on the last occasion I was actively putting a fork of food into my mouth as she reached for my plate. I looked around and there were other empty tables, so we must have been her last table of the night and she must have been anxious to get out of there.
We had 8 o'clock reservation and showed up a couple of minutes early of which we were told it would take a couple of minutes, which is fine. Subsequently another three was seated and at 8:20 told that a table right in front of us would be ready in a minute. I asked for a different table that was open because the one offered was right in front of the bar area. The hostess was snarly and said that the other table was reserved. I asked for it anyway. The hostess sat us at the other table with such disdain that was uncalled for. I don't know whether she was having a bad day or that she preferred locals.
The rest of the staff couldn't me more friendly or professional. The food was average except for the salad we had which was excellent.
Simply a fantastic Italian restaurant. Great wine and cocktails, great after dinner drinks. Food phenomenal. Have been here twice with 5 star results both times. Only drawback is the noise level, which lots of restaurants in Madison seem to have issues with.
Food was excellent as always. I'm not sure if it was the first night for a lot of the wait staff, but things seemed off. I'd describe the staff as aloof. Highlights included standing next to our table with our entrees in hand staring at our appetizer plates waiting for them to be moved so that there was enough room to put our plates down, being served a dessert without any utensils, bringing forks for our dessert after requesting spoons (gelato is easier to eat with a spoon), and being served a coffee and espresso without a spoon for creme/sugar.
Yum! Was going to order something more healthy but when you see unique offerings you have to try them. Our son and a friend LOVED the salami hash. The pancetta buttermilk gravy on the biscuits and gravy -- what?! Amazing. Breakfast potatoes were perfect. Lightly crispy on the outside and perfectly done on the inside. Quiche was great also! Drinks were excellent.
Slow service, and the apps came at the same time as entrees, and my pasta was luke warm. They were apologetic but even though the food was good, it left a bad taste (no pun intended) in my mouth. I would go back to try again, hoping it was just a bump I the road. VERY loud restaurant.
Thank you for a wonderful dinner. We celebrated a birthday, and my friends and I loved the food and wine. Our servers helped me out with a birthday project, too. I love how the staff is on the phone. EVERY time I call, they convey helpfulness and enthusiasm to make my visit terrific. I just love calling your restaurant!
We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary at Cento. We had a great dinner including a complimentary celebratory glass of prosecco. Our waitress was excellent. She helped us with our entire selections and definitely got it right. Service was timely. Overall a great night.
Great experience, had too wait twenty minutes for our reservation, but they have is a free dessert so all is forgiven! Waitress was named Emily and was incredibly helpful and attentive. Very wxpansive wine list. all the pasta is fresh a and delicious. Highly reccomend!
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