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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 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: (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
Celebrated my birthday on Saturday, March 25th. All of us ordered pasta dishes which were delicious! Our waitress, Alyssa was fabulous. She made sure our dining experience was top notch. Brian from the bar also recommended some wine options for us too! The tiramisu was excellent. We will definitely be back.
We ordered the boozy brunch. Included in this was two drinks, a pastry to start, an entrée and then coffee or tea. What a deal at $25 for downtown Madison. The pastry and homemade blueberry perserves were excellent. The drinks were fabulous!! The food was perfect for foodies; wonderfully tasty. And at the end, the coffee with cream was like a dessert. We will take our friend in June again before an event at the Overature which is just across the street.
The gnocchi is delicious as are the bacon wrapped dates , the olives , the Brussels sprouts ordered as a vegetable. Great service. The wine is expensive by the glass . There are many menu options ranging from affordable to expensive , so I feel anyone could go here and have a great meal. This is our second trip , and we will happily return . We have already recommended this restaurant to others and will continue to do so. The other two people also ordered pasta dishes which they thought were delicious. Another big advantage is that the restaurant is across the street from the Overture Center and the restaurant offers a prix fixed 3 course option when there are performances at the Overture Center .
We had a very nice dinner at Cento on a Friday night. I made reservations through Open Table for a quieter table and it was ready and very appropriate. We ordered Lasagna and it was very good. The draft beer list was different and fun. I would recommend Cento.
We've been here a couple of times before a show at the Overture Center. I find the pricing too high for the quality of food and prep. It's fine before a show but if you really want top notch Italian cuisine go to Lombardino's. For the price, ambiance and quality; it can't be matched.
We often choose Cento after an afternoon concert at the Overture Center and have never been disappointed. We like creative cuisine, not just steaks and chops, and they always come through for us. Ingredients are fresh and served piping not, not left under a lamp in the kitchen. We especially like their salads and side dishes. Don't miss the seared Brussel sprouts!
This was our second visit to Cento, and again, the food was outstanding. Both of our entrees were excellent, and my girlfriend's Rose flight was a nice touch. Our two person table was small and in an awkward place, but that was a small matter. The service was very good and attentive, and timing worked out well for the show we were attending after dinner.
Peaceful and professional atmosphere. Server was very helpful.
Wanted a place where we could sit and talk with our friends and experience chef prepared dinner. Cento was thus a good choice. Salads were great as was the wine. The main course of pasta dishes was very well prepared and appropriate for folks who have a large appetite. We decided we will order several appetizers next time since we are all trying to eat healthy but not too heavy food. Perhaps several lighter pasta dishes with a small serving size would be helpful for us and others like us.
Very disappointed with a few selections last night. the burrata salad; they should remove this from the menu until they are able to provide tomatoes that are ripe. Ours were awful and I'd be embarrassed to have served them. Also need to work on the Butter lettuce salad; I truly appreciate the fact they didn't drown it with a dressing, but this salad was TASTELESS. With this said, the 3 entrees did not disappoint; Gnocchi, Casarecce and Tuscan Seafood Stew. We are from out of town and this is our fourth visit. We hope to return with a better experience.
A wonderful meal and a fun night! I wish I could remember our server's name because she was fantastic. She gave us great recommendations and made our evening very enjoyable. The food was amazing especially the barrata appetizer. They make their own fresh mozzarella. This is note only my favorite Italian restaurant - it's my favorite place in downtown Madison. I can't wait to return.
This was my second time dining at Cento in the last month. Chose the location given I like the menu and its location next to the Overture. I was hosting clients that were joining me for the shows. The staffing level appears low leaving the wait staff somewhat harried and less than fully attentive. If the menu prices were lower this would be acceptable, but I think I am going to try other nearby restaurants to see if a better overall experience.
Overall a good brunch experience with a couple of off notes. First, requested a quiet area and was seated in a room with 2 groups of 20+ right under a loud speaker. They moved us at our request. Very attentive server (McKenna) was able to read our signals about wanting time to talk, and we did not feel rushed. No milk substitute available for coffee. Quiche was very good - lamb and purple broccoli, which sounds odd but was quite mild. It had a nice custardy texture. A decent bloody mary but nothing super special about it.
We had brunch here on a Sunday- the food and service were great. The breakfast pizza with hollandaise and a poached egg is fantastic, as are their cocktails. It isn't a restaurant geared toward children, but they were very welcoming to our 4 year old. We will definitely be back.
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