spaghetti, braised tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan
peach compote, whipped cream, hazelnut, maple syrup
Duck and fig pizza was outstanding, roasted cauliflower quite spicy
The lamb meatballs and pasta were delicious. Meatballs had a bit of a kick to them.
I was hoping for the ribeye steak. I did get a steak and it was really good! The size was just right but that’s pretty much all there was. Steak and a really good creamy sauce and 15 leaves of cooked spinach. No salad no potato??
I was confused. I did have 3 cocktails “Captain and Coke and a cheese platter...no it had some cheese and jam and 4 slices of toasted bread. Everything was very tasty just portions were so small and the price was pretty high. $120 for just that little food. Very good food if you want to pay top price for a taste... this is the place you will love.
We were celebrating my son’s 22nd b-day. The food & the service were excellent as usual. The waitress presented the b-day I brought to the restaurant surrounded with multiple candles. Usually one gets one candle but she had five candles on the plate which made it very festive.
First time there. Entire experience was delightful. Food was terrific. Vibe was fun and cool. Service tremendous. Great way to celebrate a birthday!
Brand new fall menu is great, had the chicken which had a wonderful crust, done perfectly. Bacon wrapped dates are an often ordered and always delicious treat. The banana dessert is heavenly.
Great experience as always. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Madison. Will be back.
Great food and service. Good choice of background music, but a little to loud.
We were disappointed that the bar was not open for seating. We wanted to have a drink prior to dinner. Our waitress was outstanding. She was informative and pleasant and did not rush us. Olive appetizer was very good. Warmed up variety of olives. pasta was very good. Kale salad was very fresh & tasty. Again the waitress made the meal very enjoyable.
The food and service were great. I definitely recommend going before 6 for the happy hour food and drinks special.
Excellent meal and our servers was very accommodating with our food allergies. Highly recommend!
Had a great experience eating at an outside table.
Food was amazing and service was superb. Would highly recommend and eat there again
Great service and food. Outdoor seating was nice and felt safe. Gnocchi was the best I’ve had!
Lovely outdoor patio with effective COVID protocol. Food was amazing. Service fabulous.
Cento is a really great place to go if you wish to have great food and service.
We went to go celebrate my birthday and it was the first time going there. The chef and my partner know each other and surprised us with amazing dishes! And the service was amazing!! So kind and polite. Table maintenance is very important to me and I was very happy how they maintained our table. I would 100% come back!
Great food, excellent wait staff.
Food is excellent. Service is great. Enjoy eating here when in town.
Great food, amazing ambiance, and wonderful staff!
Service, staff and food were all excellent! Highly recommend.
With the current pandemic situation, Cento offers outdoor seating and we chose that option. The outdoor arrangement isn't as intimate as the indoor seating, but it was well laid out and we had wonderful weather to enjoy the seating location. Our server was very friendly and accommodating and the food was superb!
Taking son out to dinner
The food never ceases to impress! Wonderful so elite and pairing along with delectable eats.
We celebrated our anniversary at Cento last week and had a perfect date night experience! Upon our arrival, we were seated at a table with a personalized anniversary greeting in addition to a glass of sparkling wine for each of us. The service was attentive and courteous, the food was delicious, and our celebration was perfect!
Cento was fabulous - the food, the drinks, the staff, the ambience - all wonderful!
We had to sit 4 and 4 due to statewide policies, but it was fine.
We had a fabulous evening and will dine there again when we visit Madison!
Service and food were excellent! Highly recommend!
The food is outstanding and so was the service! Even with the windows boarded up we still had an enjoyable meal. The food is delicious and the ambiance is perfect.
Food was great and our server was fantastic. Really made for an enjoyable evening
We had dinner here the night prior to dropping off my son at UW. It was delicious and we had a great meal despite the unfortunate unrest in the area. Delicious food and wine!!
Everything was wonderful. They have made sure they have taken all the precautionary measures of masks, sanitizer and distance!!
Awesome visit--wine guy was the best. Suggest the meat/cheese board. Main course did not disappoint. Waiter lost track of us a couple times, but was nice having more time to enjoy the setting and take time eating. Great place.
Food was excellent, the best pasta carbonara I ever had and their Covid protocol made us feel comfortable and safe.
Gnocchi was amazing! Kevin was a great wine master. And our server (Elizabeth?) was amazing!
Dining outdoors was nice. Had the Happy Hour dinner special which was good taste and good value.
Every time we have eaten at Cento, we promised ourselves to not return. The food is simply not worth it. Given its superb location, however, we have returned several times including Friday evening. The only good thing to say about the food this time is that the bread was excellent. The salad’s ingredients didn’t come close to matching the menu description. The ocean trout was undercooked though presented well. To be accurate, the peas were fresh. The shrimp scampi, at even a chain restaurant, contains large to extra large shrimp. In a good to superior restaurant, the shrimp comes in the shell. The very small shrimp at Cento tasted as if they had been frozen and microwaved. The pasta was a strange orangish color. To be fair, the pasta was properly al dente. The service was just OK though presented dishes at the table in a haphazard way. Despite only OK service, we left a generous tip out of respect for the loss of income of most restaurant workers these many months. This was the only time that Cento wasn't noisy- because of the 25% patron limit. Once again, we left promising to never return. Hopefully, this time we’ll keep that promise.
Great menu, delicious pasta’s. Service was outstanding- sat outside- great COVID protocols. Highly recommend.
Always awesome. Nice place, great service and super good food!!!!
Ambience -- Compromised by the somewhat regular appearance of shiftless homeless and/or high street folk moving along the sidewalk and patio area. Not as menacing as I've experienced in other cities but give them some time. Once encouraged or allowed to behave badly, they'll be sure to start harassing customers. Food -- the mainstay protein of each dish was good. In our case, shrimp and chicken. The noodles were cooked as they should be. The sauces, however, were awful.
The chicken parm sauce had a weird, somewhat bitter, dull taste, like someone decided to get fancy (braised tomatoes -- really?) and try to improve on a standard zesty, sweet sauce like Grandma made from the Old Country. Only they didn't improve on it. I've had better sauces out of jars bought from grocery stores. Ditto regarding the sauce on the shrimp scampi -- a weird twang I've never experienced before. Although the food was overpriced and underwhelming, the wait staff was good.
Cento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 284-9378.
Cento is rated 4.6 stars by 1941 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.