Cento

4.6
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1941 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
❖ We strongly recommend reservations at this time. Walk-in diners are welcome but may experience a wait for a table or bar/counter stool. ❖ If you reserve a table OUTSIDE, and are sitting outside and it begins to rain, we can only move you inside if we have a socially distanced table open and we are under 25% capacity. ❖ If the forecast is inclement, we will contact you to see if you would like to move your reservation inside (based on availability) or if you want to reschedule for a different date. ❖ There is a Face Covering Mandate in Dane County. Every individual (5 years of age or older) must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while inside our restaurant except while they are seated at their table. We request that customers wear face coverings until they receive their first drink or food item. Outdoor dining, curbside carryout, and delivery are available if you cannot wear a mask. Thank you for respecting the safety of other guests and our employees!

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DavidM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck and fig pizza was outstanding, roasted cauliflower quite spicy

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MamaC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lamb meatballs and pasta were delicious. Meatballs had a bit of a kick to them.

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BigJohn98248
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipHappydiners3
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MarcyI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Entire experience was delightful. Food was terrific. Vibe was fun and cool. Service tremendous. Great way to celebrate a birthday!

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DavidM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Madison. Will be back.

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Karlv
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Good choice of background music, but a little to loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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JaneJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. I definitely recommend going before 6 for the happy hour food and drinks special.

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kellyc
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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JuliaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal and our servers was very accommodating with our food allergies. Highly recommend!

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MattT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience eating at an outside table.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was superb. Would highly recommend and eat there again

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TraciF
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Outdoor seating was nice and felt safe. Gnocchi was the best I’ve had!

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EllenL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio with effective COVID protocol. Food was amazing. Service fabulous.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cento is a really great place to go if you wish to have great food and service.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AlyssaP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent wait staff.

CJ
ChristineJ
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Service is great. Enjoy eating here when in town.

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TaraB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing ambiance, and wonderful staff!

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EmilyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, staff and food were all excellent! Highly recommend.

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RussellR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking son out to dinner

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never ceases to impress! Wonderful so elite and pairing along with delectable eats.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LaniK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MM
MelissaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent! Highly recommend!

JT
vipJT212
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJenniferO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our server was fantastic. Really made for an enjoyable evening

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vipdeannak
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

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Danilgar
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. They have made sure they have taken all the precautionary measures of masks, sanitizer and distance!!

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DennisL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

JR
vipJeffreyR
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, the best pasta carbonara I ever had and their Covid protocol made us feel comfortable and safe.

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LiannaS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gnocchi was amazing! Kevin was a great wine master. And our server (Elizabeth?) was amazing!

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Anniversarydinner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dining outdoors was nice. Had the Happy Hour dinner special which was good taste and good value.

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vipMADISONIAN
Milwaukee
36 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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.

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vipAmyP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, delicious pasta’s. Service was outstanding- sat outside- great COVID protocols. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome. Nice place, great service and super good food!!!!

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Terry
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

FAQs

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.