We recently dined at Cento Ristorante, a premiere Italian restaurant in downtown Madison. This was probably my 4th or 5th time dining here and the food is always so delicious! If you are ever in the Madison, Wisconsin area, I highly recommend this restaurant.
Cento combines Old World Italian traditions with modern techniques. “We source quality ingredients– locally, and from Italy– to create classic and innovative dishes that let these products shine.
Join us for handmade pastas, slow-roasted meats and pizza from our wood-burning oven; our open-style kitchen lets you watch our staff in action as your meal is prepared. Sommeliers Andres Medina and Richie Layton bring their extensive experience and wine expertise to Cento, where they have selected an Italian-focused wine list featuring over 150 bottles, with over 20 poured by the glass. Whether you are coming in for a glass of wine and a pizza, or our 5-course kitchen table menu, we promise to provide you with an exceptional dining experience.
Translating to “100” in Italian, the significance behind Cento’s name (pronounced Chento), lies in our location – the bustling 100 block of downtown Madison, on the corner of Mifflin and Fairchild. Located directly across the street from the architecturally modern Overture Center for the Arts, and one block from the State Capitol, Cento is the perfect downtown destination for great food, wine and service in an elegant setting.
Inherent in our existing space are maple floors, plaster beam ceilings, interior brick walls, and stained glass dating back to the 1920′s, all enhanced with modern design details like plush booth seating, sleek leather chairs and dramatic chandeliers. We hope to see you soon for weekend brunch, dinner, or cocktails.”
Our Dinner at Cento Madison
Everything we had was amazing! We started with the ramp, fennel-white wine broth, grilled bread. It was amazing! My only suggestion: serve more bread to soak up the incredible ramp, fennel-white wine broth (we ordered more bread in order to do this).
Anytime I’m at a restaurant in Madison, I have to get their cheese and charcuterie board. I love seeing the variety and presentation. At Cento, it’s theirselection of cheese, meat, honey. I love the simplicity of this and how it’s served. All of the charcuterie was amazing and imported from Italy and the cheeses from Wisconsin.
Next, we had thesaffron fregola, asparagus, calabrese pepper, basil. This was incredible and the saffron fregola (a type of pasta from Sardinia) was amazing!
gorgonzola, mozzarella, asparagus, roasted tomato sauce! So good and it’s a thin pizza crust.