Best Italian in Madison


Craving a rich antipasti platter, pasta al dente, the perfect slice or the most tender of veal chops? Madison takes Italian fare to another level, starting with Lombardino’s Restaurant where seasonal dishes are served amidst grand Roman columns. Share a tiramisu against a backdrop of Venice. When dishes are based on local ingredients and seasons, there’s always something new to try.

Cento is Madison’s true farm to fork restaurant known for their house pastas and wood-fired pizzas. There’s also a very impressive wine menu, and your server can help you pair every item with the perfect glass—or recommend a bottle to share for the entire outing. Don’t forget to check out their scratch-made sauces and unique toppings.

A Slice of Paradise

Café La Bellitalia is a cozy bistro famous for their very generous plates of pasta. You can customize your pizza for stuffed pies, thin or pan crust and you won’t want to miss out on their decadent dessert menu. From rich cakes to the most delectable spumoni, it’s a casual option for business meetings or grabbing a quick bite.

At Osteria Papavero, the big wine menu is matched only by the bigger portions. Bring your appetite to this laid-back bistro that’s romantic and well-known for the extensive dessert menu.