butter, olive oil, salt
Roman Fried Artichokes
pickled shallot, lemon aioli
sausage, piquillo-pepper sauce
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.
I want to preface this by saying we like Cento, it's consistent and good and I like their wine list...the Barolo we had was great and Kevin was very nice. With that said I feel like the menu never changes. It seems to always be the same, not many changes or specials and the cheese board is always the same moody blue and Hooks Cheddar. Not that it's bad is just kinda boring...I LOVE a good cheese board with wine and will come to a restaurant for just that.
That would be my suggestion..switch it up, have some specials. The carbonara was awesome but I think we'd come more often if there was more variation.
Excellent dinner at Cento on a Saturday night. Large, beautiful space lent itself well to social distancing. The trout with peas and cippolini onions was tasty and perfectly cooked, and fried artichoke appetizer was a knock out. Great, thin crust pizza (with foraged mushrooms) as well. All the entrees and appetizers were a hit. Pleasant, friendly service.
Our waitress was so much fun and very knowledgable about the menu. The food was incredible (as always!). Love Cento!
Food quality is excellent. Server was very engaging. Second time there and had the same menu items as the first time — mixed greens salad (combo of citrus, figs, fennel and prosciutto is amazing, and the Orecchiette with sausage has the most flavorful profile. Wrapped it up I’m a bow with the Limoncello. Would highly recommend. Only downside is the street noise on the temporary patio, no fault of theirs though given COVID.
My husband and I came here for our first wedding anniversary during Covid. Not only was the food incredible, but our waiter was absolutely amazing! So pleasant and polite. He truly made the experience that much better. I highly highly recommend this place. The food is just as tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing and despite the pandemic, they were incredibly accommodating!
Great food and service! Love the chicken parmigiana.
Wonderful food in a very cool space. Staff friendly, professional.
Love this place, great cocktails, great ambiance. I do think the food tries a bit too hard and is not always executed well, however I appreciate the effort and love the friendliness of the staff.
We had a fabulous experience here after a day of touring university. The service, the food and the ambience. Would definitely come back!
Food was a little underwhelming from the Italian we’re used to, high quality ingredients made up for some lack in flavor. The flavor it had was rich and quality. I would probably go back because of the service and quality.
Great service, COVID safe, great food, terrific drinks.
Very nice Italian restaurant, I look forward to returning. Excellent branzino and charcuterie
Looking forward to sampling their other offerings!
Cento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 284-9378.
Cento is rated 4.6 stars by 1929 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.