Dining prior to a show
We were shown to our table right away and were asked whether we were heading to the theatre after dinner. We were dining prior to a show and I was very pleased that they were considerate of timing. The ambiance was friendly, the decorating very interesting and the prices were reasonable. The food was great, the dessert was outstanding and the waitress and other staff were very pleasant. The facilities were very clean though a bit dimly lit and though there was a hook for a purse or coat, there was no where to set a strapless handbag in the ladies room.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every part of our meal at Nostrano--from start to sweet, sweet finish--was delicious.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Freaking Awesome Cocktails!!
Seriously some of the best cocktails I have had. Cudos to the bartender. Our desert, a carmel ice-cream espresso concoction, was also outstanding as were our appetizers, a salumi tray and a grilled octopus offering. I found my entree, a game hen, to be tasty but slightly too salty for my taste, while everyone else in my group seemed super happy with their choices. We were there late and mid-week so it was not very busy and felt quite intimate, but is perhaps quite different during more popular times. Recommended!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special night out.
Our first time here, and the food is very good, if not excellent. The portions were small. My $11.00 salad could have been placed in the palm of my hand. The main course was a little bit more generous, but not much. Wines were $11 to $13 a glass. Deserts.....$11.00 was typical. The interior was nice, but nothing special. Service was good.
If this were New York, Chicago, or L.A, I might be more comfortable with all of this, but it's Madison, WI.
Verdict: For Madison, overpriced, small portions, of for the most part, very good food.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Inspired food, a bit pricey
Don't get me wrong, I loved the food and service and beverages and would definitely come back. However, I did feel it was a bit pricey for what you got. This is especially true for dessert. While the desserts were wonderful they were $11 and for that price save your money and walk a few blocks down to Osteria for your after dinner drink and dessert. I also wished there were specials since we were there on a Friday night, but the only options were off the menu. That said, we all enjoyed our food and I will be back. Thanks!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding with amazing flavour combinations. The menu is limited in size but everything is perfect and cooked to perfection.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good quality
Especially outstanding were the grilled guinea hen and the orechiette with sausage. The rhubarb cake with molasses gelato was out of this world!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem in a great part of town
I found this small restuarant with an even smaller, unique menu when I could not get into a nearby large resturant with a common, large menu. I brought my spouse to the resturant for the first time last Friday and she loved the place and everything about it. Nostrano is the best find in my long and illustrious resturant usage career and I was trained by the best, a Parisian French boss, Messr. Yves Lacroix. Yves traveled the world and he would have loved this resturant too.
Service is top notch. The food is difficult to describe because the chef uses such unique combinations. BUT, the taste is excellent and the presentaion is perfect. Service is top notch. I highly recommend this resturant for all occassions.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb, Sm Portions. Order Dessert!
Really wonderful dining experience! Excellent cocktails, delicious entrees, great service. We arrived hungry and were only a little disappointed that portions are on the small side. But the quality of the food made it hard to complain. Dessert was out of this world.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Madison's best. This little gem is small but the flavors the chef creates are immense. The food is amazing. Well thought out and as well executed. As unforgettable as the entrees are....... words can not describe anything on the dessert menu. If you skip dessert here dont bother going. Best dessert I have had at any restaurant in the United States. Consider dessert the main course...... or do as we do sometimes, just go for dessert. The atmosphere is it charming and quiet. A fabulous place everyone should experience.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd time just as good
This was my second time eating here. So awesome. My parents were in town so a brought them here. They couldn't stop talking about how good the food was later that night. I got the dish with rabbit in it... again. I got it before and it was so good I had to get it again. And no joking, when I go back here. I will get it again. One of the best things I've ever eaten. Great drinks and coffee as well. Highly recommend this place.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, and service. Very
Great food, and service. Very friendly staff. If you are looking to celebrate at a quiet romantic restaurant, this would not fit the bill. The food was delicious, but the layout does not allow for much privacy. The volume of noise from other patrons also required talking at a level slightly higher than what I expected.
Great place, just not my cup of tea.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a very pleasant dinner at Nostrano Restaurant. The service was good and the food was wonderful. We will certainly have this restaurant on our list of must places to visit whenever we are in Madison.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. Great
The food was amazing. Great restaurant week experience. Three for three on choices! Absolutely fanctastic!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pork shank sandwich, orecchiette
Pork shank sandwich, orecchiette with sausage, cauliflower soup - all great. The finanziera, affogato and baked ganache all met with much approval from our table. It was a lunch to remember.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
went for restaurant week.
went for restaurant week. food was complex and tasty. service was a tad slow with the waitress forgetting a few things, but in her defense it was restaurant week and they were quite busy. The rest of the staff picked up the slack. the place is small and charming- the food is clean and impeccable in presentation. would recommend!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit and we were very impressed with the quality of the food. It was obviously freshly made and every dish had layers of flavors. It is a mark of a good restaurant when it doesn't rely on quantity of food - we were pleasantly satisfied - "stuffed".
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I met several associates at Nostrano for a business lunch. While the food was good the atmosphere was conducive to an effective lunch meeting--not too loud and not too stuffy.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the first time I had been to Nostrano. I was not disappointed. My girlfriend and I had delicious cocktails, and the food was extremely tasty. I will definitely be back.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Option on the Square
Getting together with old friends for comfortable conversation, we chose Nostano's based on reviews and we were not disappointed. Nice selection of appetizers, my friend wanted to share the salumi board and olives. Delicious but some may want a lighter starter. The staff was knowledgable and helpful in selecting from the reasonably priced wine list and her recommendation was spot on. I had pappardelle with lamb ragu which was plentiful and spicy. We didn't taste each others dishes as we often do, because we were all quickly absorbed into the dining experience of the well thought out plates, so I can't vouch for the other dishes. For dessert we shared a buttermilk gelato with ginger pizzelle and roasted pineapple. Yum! Nice!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll be back
We sat at the bar and had a drink before dinner. The bar tender was warm, interesting and funny on top of making an excellent cockail. The food was excellent, I would highly recommend and plan to return. I had the pasta with spicy sausage, delicious. The only thing that wasn't great was our server. He was devoid of any warmth or friendliness often dropping plates as he hurried by without a word. Possibly just very busy, but my husband and I both noticed it.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Nostrano many times, and on this night took a friend who had never been before. From the appetizers and cocktails, to dinner, wine and dessert, she said it was one of her all time favorite meals. "Memorable!" We couldn't agree more.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best dinner I have had in 35 visits to the USA
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visit Madison several times a year, and this meal at Nostrano rates as the best we've ever had in Madison. Both of our entrees were excellent -- milk-braised panceta and orecchiette with spicy sausage -- and our two desserts, basque cake and baked ganache, were out of this world and among the best desserts we've ever had. Well worth the hefty price!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very creative menu items
The apps and entrees are wonderful combinations of the finest ingredients, most locally sourced. Dining here is a favor event.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I recently took my family of four to Nostrano for dinner to celebrate my daughters birthday. We had great service. We loved to taste the different flavors presented in the food. Also, the drinks were really fun! The atmosphere was not stuffy but yet you got the fine dinning experience. It was fun and alive. We will go back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal, great location!
We had a lovely meal at Nostrano, all of the food was thoughtfully prepared and presented.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
One of the best meals of my life. Incredible menu, wonderful staff. I will be back every time I am in Madison!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste which I can never taste from elsewhere.Truly phenomenal!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Madison's Best
Nostrano hits all the high notes! The menu is small, allowing the kitchen to turn out excellent offerings with imagination and top notch presentation. Service is attentive, but not intrusive. This is five star casual dining at its very best with prices to match. A must in a city with no shortage of top notch restaurants.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Downtown location
The food was beautifully presented and it seemed to follow a seasonal theme. Portions were perfect as it seems most restaurants want to "over-serve". Once the dining area was filled, it did get a bit noisy, but where we were sitting, it was just a bit of a distraction. All-in-all, a very good dining experience.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely fabulous food!
We had dinne there and everything each of us ordered was beautifully presented, excellently prepared and some of the best we've had in Madison or anywhere. The little gem salad is laid before you with fans of lettuce standing upright in little mounds of Gorgonzola cheese, surrounded by beautiful little beets. The sea scallop appetizer was great too as was the bruschetta. Lamb Prague with cinnamon and mint, seafood stew and a vegetarian pasta dish were all heavenly. Desserts were wonderful too. Can you tell that we loved this place? We will be back - soon!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant is great atmosphere
Restaurant is great atmosphere but a little over priced.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful and innovative food, drinks, and desserts. The restaurant has gained acclaim for its desserts, but everything is worth trying.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been to Madison many times to visit my daughter and had very ordinary meals but not at Nostano, food was great and service awesome.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth Every Penny
This is where we choose to go for special occasions and to indulge in our foodie-ness. Nostrano's unique and diverse menu is creative without being outlandish. The flavors are complementary in every way possible.
The bar menu is extraordinary in it's unique cocktails that will never disappoint.
Great care is given to several details and you must go all out ... cocktails, appetizers, entree and the desserts are absolutely delightful.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for foodies
If you're looking for something special to eat, Nostrano is a great place. They serve dishes that use unique ingredients, like lamb and rabbit and if you're bored of eating burgers and fries (and willing to spend a little more money) Nostrano is the place to go. The portions are kind of small, but I always feel really full by the end of my meal. Also, make sure you get dessert when you are there. Their desserts are exceptionally delicious; you are missing out if you leave the restaurant without ordering dessert!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal in Years
Our group of four were celebrating a birthday ending in zero, so a special occasion. After conferring with our attentive and knowledgeable waitress, who also fixed our wobbly table without us asking her to, we had two of the small plate selections, splitting two four ways worked well. Fresh, interesting, delicious combinations. Each of us ordered a separate main dish and we shared everything, no one but me could decide what they liked best it was all fantastic (I was biased to what I ordered, the lamb ragu - simply amazing flavors). We did the same for dessert (it's ok we ate off the same plates, we're related). I'd heard Nostrano's was known for their desserts, and now I know why. Incredible food, wonderful evening.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good pre-theater venue
Within walking distance of the Overture Center. Our go-to place for a nice meal before an event as we are from out of town. Food and service are consistently good. The menu choices while not extensive are unique and interesting. The presentation is also special. Save room for dessert.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Food with Focused Menu
The menu was limited but everything on it was very well prepared and presented. The quality of the food more than compensated for the limited variety. The wine available was also quite good.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious inventive food
This restaurant never disappoints! The food is inventive, creative, seasonal, and delicious. The special appetizer was a wonderful mix of fresh picked tomatoes, pine nuts, lettuces, and soft cheeses spread on a wonderful bread. Two pasta dishes, a moroccan-inspired lamb ragu and a spicy chicken sausage with pesto, were very creative comfort foods for autumn. The desserts were a wonderful medley of flavors, and the service was very good, too.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food but very small portions
while the food was excellent, the entrees were more like the size you'd expect for an appetizer.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious!!! One of the best meals I have had in Madison. The Basque Cake was as close to perfect as I have ever tasted.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks for coming up with a great GF vegan dinner for me. I loved it. My friends who ordered menu items were a little jealous.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been trying to get here...
Food was great, service attentive but not intrusive. Will go back!!!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant that we have
Great Restaurant that we have always enjoyed. This time the food was less than expected. Not bad but for the price below our earlier experiences. Atmosphere and waiter were outstanding.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get a reservation
Great dining experience with a intriguing menu. Unique ingredients in every entree. Good strong drinks.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was fabulous: the
Everything was fabulous: the menu design, execution of the items on it, the service, etc. The night was more than I had anticipated. A great experience!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reliable Culinary Treasure
We've eaten at Nostrano a number of times, and our recent meal was excellent from the starter (roast root vegetables from the farmer's market) to the end with the dessert. The drinks are always interesting and well-made, and the wine list has interesting French and Italian selections. We'll be back
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous food, desserts and service
The food and service were so wonderful that I was reminded how special it can be to have dinner in a great restaurant. Our entrees and desserts were unbelievably scrumptious. We ordered coffee rather than wine, as we had after dinner show tickets and had to stay alert all evening. Our server constantly refilled our coffee cups all through the appetizers, entrees and desserts - which was so appreciated on a very, very cold evening. I highly recommend Nostranos to treat yourself royally!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM