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About Nostrano

Nostrano is owned by former Chicago Chefs Tim and Elizabeth Dahl, who have honed their skills in some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, such as Blackbird, Boka, Naha, Charlie Trotters and NoMi. Nostrano offers seasonal, Italian-influenced small plates, entrees and desserts created in-house from local ingredients. Nostrano’s wine list features selections from small producers throughout the Mediterranean region, and its unique cocktail list highlights classic cocktails from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

111 S Hamilton St
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
DINNER /// MON-WED | 5-9pm | THU-SAT | 5-10pm

Cross Street:
W Main St | S Carroll St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 395-3295

Website:
http://nostranomadison.com/

Parking Details:
Limited parking is available in front of the restaurant and around the square. There are public parking ramps located at adjacent corners of the Capitol square.

Public Transit:
Madison Metro | Routes 1-8

Executive Chef:
Tim Dahl

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
You can follow Nostrano on Facebook and Twitter for news, menu changes and special events.

Nostrano - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (450)
Hot Spot (282)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (118)
Scenic View (117)
Great for Lunch (109)
Late-night Find (81)
Good for Groups (80)
Good for a Date (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Cozy (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Authentic (9)
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Worth the Drive (5)
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Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I am just beside myself that our Valentine's Day meal at Nostrano signifies the end of their tenure. Nostrano was my favorite restaurant in Madison.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great place! So sad to hear that it is closing after the 14th. Wish the night and food could have lasted longer!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Always such amazing service and exquisite cuisine! Thank you!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Nostrano was excellent. The food was tasty and the service was superb. Ashley, our server, did a great job. I love that their menu changes with the seasons based on what's available and fresh!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My favorite restaurant in a town that has many great places to eat--I will miss it so! I've never had a dish here that I didn't think was amazing. The service and setting are also lovely, making this first on my list of places to take someone I want to impress.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Nostrano is one of my favorite restaurants in Madison. The food is inventive and always delicious. The desserts... amazing. We will truly miss them. Sigh...

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was our first time at Nostrano - it was incredible. Most stunning meal we have ever had in Madison. Everything was perfect.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Celebrated our 34th anniversary with an outstanding meal, good service, great Manhattan cocktail. This restaurant will be sorely missed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Lovely little place serving the kinds of gourmet items you'd find in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Definitely for foodies. Some things I couldn't pronounce, like the whipped cream app made from goat cheese! We had a wonderful, quiet, enchanting dinner.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Food was great...although the cauliflower soup was a little thin and salty. Too bad they're shutting down. Seemed like a place to which I would've returned.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The food was absolutely fabulous...layered distinctive flavors along with a great wine list.! The only thing I take issue with is the degree of snobbery we felt from the waitress and how tight the tables are. We unfortunately had to hear the next couples' conversation and I'm sure they heard ours despite the whispering, which I think made us all feel a bit uncomfortable. If we're gonna spend $150 for dinner, we would like to have felt more welcome & more than 12 inches away from another patron's elbow.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great dining experience with exceptional service and atmosphere. Food was delicious and unique along dessert and drinks made for a nice pre theater meal. Will go back again.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This was our first visit to Nostrano and our server, Eileen was fabulous. The menu was simple yet elegant, the appetizer was terrific (get the Bruschetta, a nice twist on a classic) and our entrees were just the right amount of food without leaving us feeling stuffed. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2016

WE had a wonderful dinner and loved the way the ingredients are unique but presented separately. We could really taste the mushrooms separately. It was great that it wasn't the typical "mix it all together."

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The was exceptional along with the drinks. Rigatoncini with beef short rib was fantastic. My date had the orecchiette with hint of mint that really amplifies other flavors and makes the dish very interesting. I had Oaxacan negroni which outstanding! Only downside in my mind is the price in comparison to other similar quality restaurants around the square.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Nostrano has been our favorite restaurant in Madison. Since my wife and I are from New York, we feel like we have high standards. Consistently original and tasty food. The vegetarian and seafood options are always good in addition to excellent meat/poultry dishes. Cocktails are spot on too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Always wonderful food: creative, seasonal variations on Italian classics. Be sure to save room for dessert, as they are THE best in town!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 29, 2016

From the appetizers to the entrees - absolutely wonderful. Will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Organic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 26, 2016

for the price - you should do better.....
first dish / appetizer was very good
the two main dishes we order - pasta and risotto was....."not good enough"
pasta / risotto should be fresh and cock on the spot. in this case - they was waiting for too long (i.e.: they were pre cocked and reheat for us) and it was easy to tell

dessert was ok....but only "ok"

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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service4
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was delicious! The service was friendly and prompt.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Great desserts!

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2016

This was definitely the best expensive, fine dining restaurant that I have been to in Madison. If that is what you are seeking, then Nostranos will not disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I could have had the goat cheese sformato for dessert as well as appetizer! Lovely service, delicious selections. We were satisfied.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

I thought the food and drinks were delicious but the ambiance/energy in the space was unwelcoming. Also, when there are only three entrees, it's somewhat disappointing when one of them is out on a Saturday night... I would go back to give it another try because the food was delicious and perhaps its was just an off night...but, had higher hopes.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We loved our table in the back, looking for a quiet spot for five, one of whom is 90!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Took a chance on Nostrano to avoid the Friday night lines at other surrounding restaurants. So glad those others were too busy. Not sure I would have found this gem otherwise. Fantastic menu and service! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Sorry to say the food was just so-so. Had expected much better.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Nice execution on an interpretation of "green gazpacho". Terrific affogato for dessert.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We've been coming to Nostrano for a while now, and this is the first disappointment. It gave the impression they've sort of mailed it in as they look to sell the restaurant. Service was very slow and the food was mediocre. The menu lacked much choice for appetizers, and the cucumber gazpacho we both ended up with reminded us of dill pickles too heavy on the vinegar. I had short rib rigatoni - it was short on the short rib and the only bit of meat I found had a bone in it. The dish had a strange anise flavor, maybe basil picked past its prime. The worst was the pasta though. I didn't get more than half way through before giving up. The Basque Cake for dessert saved this from being a 1-star affair. The grilled pineapple was quite good and the cake had a nice crisp on the edges.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Very good food. Good service. A pleasant dining experience overall.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2016

This was our first time here and we just loved the whole experience. We are anxious to return! We've been spending a lot of time in Madison for 4 years now and someone told us to dine here. So glad we did!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Better service might have got them five stars from us. Grilled Sturgeon made with fava bean scafata, artichokes, escarole, fregola sarda, and green tahini - also delicious, almost like sweetbreads, while somewhat chicken-like, we both loved it, and for me, it was what was calling me to try out this restaurant, it's been on their menu for some weeks. The waitress couldn't tell me what type of sturgeon it was, but said that the "chef-owner" would come out and talk to me about it. He never made it, apparently being too busy, which I understand. I left my name and contact info, we'll see if he gets back to me. Last, we had roasted quail, prepared with green garlic sausage, farro, spiced chickpeas, zhoug, purple dragon carrots, and yogurt. We think we also saw a lot of pomegranate kernels on the platter, too, but they're not mentioned on the menu. The quail was also lovely, though perhaps not quite to the height of the sturgeon, still, excellent. We opted not to choose any dessert, but instead took a trip to a bakery in an older neighborhood of Madison for something else that Mitchell was in the mood for. Perhaps after a subsequent trip to that place, a review will follow. So, the food here is likely to call back, but the service may or may not stop us coming again. A similar dinner at another restaurant right off of the square might be a better choice, as we quite loved dinner at Cento. Frankly, our waitress was so lousy we did something we RARELY do, deliberately tip a precise amount less than 15%. I was promised that the chef-owner would get back to me about what kind of sturgeon we had eaten, but now four days later, I'm no longer waiting for his call. That's disappointing.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Outstanding! The seasonal selections from farm to table and chef's deftness are incomparable and out of this world. I highly recommend it to anyone who's hungry and looking for a unique dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2016

We've lived in Madison for 2 years and can't believe it took us this long to try Nostrano. The food was incredible - fresh, flavorful and balanced. Service was great, even though there was only one server, he was relaxed, and we felt well taken care of. We started with the olives and bread, then had the green gazpacho. We each had a different pasta, and shared the affagato for dessert. It was all incredibly well done. This is a place for foodies. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Everything we ordered was excellent as usual. Our waiter was particularly informative regarding some questions we had about new entrees, a couple of wines and a beer I had not seen before.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Madison and has been for years.
Yet another great memory with amazing food and a sweet, attentive waiter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Summer dinner outside on a beautiful evening. Summer food tasteful in every way: delicious, creative, fresh. Excellent service. Unhurried. Quiet. So pleasant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2016

My meal was perfect! The waiter was efficient, well informed, friendly, funny.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Rigatoni with beef dish had very little beef for the price of the dish. Portions were rather small overall . Salads were good however . We had to eat again 2 hours later.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

The food is simply fantastic. And the service, whilst good was a bit slow on our last visit. But that won't deter us from returning every few months for a delicious meal. Nostrano is in our top five restaurants in Madison list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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