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About Lombardino's

Lombardino's in Madison, WI is the place to go when you want to enjoy some quality Italian food that is delicious and filling. This eatery has been serving the area for a number of years now and it continues to be a huge draw for the locals. The dinner menu has plenty of fantastic options including fried calamari, barbecued octopus and the signature Caesar salad.

Lombardino's has some tasty brick oven pizzas including seasonal options. Some of the pasta options include the spaghetti Bolognese, winter linguine with clams and eggplant Napolitano. Lombardino's makes its own ice cream and you will want to check out the tiramisu and cinnamon cream cheese pound cake as well.

2500 University Ave
Madison, WI 53705
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Highland Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 238-1922

Website:
http://www.lombardinos.com/

Catering:
Our catering is custom for every event. Please contact Michael at mb@lombardinos.com.

Executive Chef:
Patrick Ohalloran

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lombardino's Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

5.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1313)
Fit for Foodies (1165)
Special Occasion (1068)
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Romantic (843)
Notable Wine List (548)
Good for Groups (282)
Hot Spot (155)
Kid-friendly (89)
Vibrant Bar Scene (65)
Late-night Find (47)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Scenic View (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Four different entrees, four happy campers. If your after lasagna or spaghetti with meatballs look for a different Italian restaurant. This is an upscale Italian restaurant with choices from rabbit stew to pork shoulder to pan seared halibut. Apple donuts and gelato were excellent deserts. Service spectacular, atmosphere "collegey".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 28, 2014

This was our first time, it was great! the servers were very attentive and the food was amazing! I'm italian and this food was authentic! we'll be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 26, 2014

As an Italian and foodie this is clearly the top Italian restaurant in in Madison, and one of the best restaurants, period.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Just returned from New Orleans where we dined at some of their top restaurants. Lombardino's menu and quality of food were every bit as good.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 25, 2014

The food is always great and the menu changes seasonally with a few of their special dishes offered year-round. The service is both personable and professional. When I want Italian in Madison, Lombardino's is my first choice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 23, 2014

Old world charm with modern local food movement chefs.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 22, 2014

Good food and atmosphere, with friendly wait staff and great service. Have been returning customers and always been satisfied with our evenings there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2014

Lombardino's does hit it just right more often than not; Good use of local products and nice seasonal choices;

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 17, 2014

We'd hadn't been to eat here since '06. Expected it to be good but were blown away by attention to detail. Everything was great. Food and service. We ordered off the specials menu. Started with calamari appetizer. Tender, flavorful. Came with red sauce and horse radish. Perfect. My wife chose chianti for wine. Very good. We ordered entrees off the specials menu for that day. I had an organic mushroom ragu. Out of this world. My wife had scallops, shrimps, muscles on pasta. Tasted wonderful. If there was one criticism, it would be that she thought it would be on top of more pasta. Was only a handful of small noodles. Desert was cherry gelato with a Door County topping. Excellent. Waitress was very attentive. Just an overall great dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 16, 2014

My experience at lombardinos was fantastic. The waitress was very nice, the restaurant itself was fun to look at, and the food was spectacular.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Rich menu and assortment of wines.
Nice specials we also available.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 15, 2014

Bartenders and servers were excellent. Food and drinks were great. Especially liked the appetizer that was dates with gorgonzola on soprasato (?). Enjoyed the atmosphere and corner bar/restaurant ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 13, 2014

The best bruschetta and eggplant we've ever tasted. Served with competence in a lively dining room, it's no wonder that even on a Thursday night, every table was occupied. This really is a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 9, 2014

Lombardino's was a good place to eat but I would only go for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Our group of four tried a few of the appetizers including the gorgonzola stuffed dates, anti pasta special with custard cheese, prosciutto and mushrooms on thick toasted yet soft bread and the calamari. I loved this and the presentation was fab! The dates were also very tasty, my only suggestion would be if they could find bigger dates for stuffing.
The pork shoulder tagliatelle with golden raisins and pine nuts I loved. Dessert was the rum budino which was also pleasantly received. Lots of the pudding and maybe not quite enough of the salted caramel, served in a shorty mason jar, with silvered hazel nuts on top. Yum! I'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Everything was SPOT ON... Booked for a special evening and wasn't disappointed... Service was amazing, food couldn't have been better and we could have a conversation without talking over the next table... Will continue to visit till we have tried everything on the menu.....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 8, 2014

I've been meaning to go to Lombardino's since I was in college at UW-Madison. Years later, I finally made it here with my significant other and his parents to celebrate his birthday. We were given a great table in the back corner, away from the entrance and bar area so it was nice and quiet. The atmosphere and ambience was like being in old world Italy in an authentic restaurant. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive, and answered all of our questions about the menu with lots of knowledge and details. We ordered the calamari, bruschetta, two pizzas, and the sausage oriechette and sea scallops entrees. All were absolutely delicious! Couldn't have walked out of there more satisfied! Will definitely be dining here again in the future!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Lombo's is the most consistently satisfying and innovative place around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Went there as I remembered it from my days in high school (early 70's, my parents loved the place) and wanted my wife to see it. Naturally the menu has changed a bit, but the place looked the same inside including the great miniature fountain up front. Limited parking is available, but the food was great, the staff friendly, and, it was quiet enough for us to have a conversation with each other. Over all a very nice experience and we will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 5, 2014

The Italian food is extraordinary.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 1, 2014

First time at this restaurant, had been recommended by a friend. Excellent in all categories - food, service, ambience. We will be visiting again!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 28, 2014

This was an all-around great dinner. Excellent salads and entrees, and nice appetizers. Nice wine list. Excellent service. We had a large group and everything went without a hitch. I highly recommend Lombardinos.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 27, 2014

The service was outstanding despite being very busy. Never had to ask for another fork, etc. Possibly the best house salad in Madison, mixed greens with fennel, shaved very thinly. The entrees were all well presented and seasoned to our tastes. Hard not to share between the three of us. The desserts while fairly ordinary were quite good. I would highly recommend Lombardino's with only a slight hesitation, the parking. A 2 block bone chilling walk on a below zero night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 24, 2014

My company was hosting a visitor from Italy for a couple days so I asked friends for the best Italian cuisine in Madison and was steered toward Lombardinos, so, we had a dinner with 6 people there. I found the facility, service, staff and presentation very good. I found the food to be less than stellar, all good, well presented, very hot and fresh just to me lacked spark.
I am married to a chef so I am spoiled and don't often find restaurants exceeding my expectations for cuisine.
Still, would go back and would recommend for groups and friends, all in all enjoyable.

ciao

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 23, 2014

This restaurant has delicious and fresh food, affordable prices, beautiful ambience, and fantastic service. Would recommend it to anyone! I will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 22, 2014

I love Lombardino's, they always come through. It doesn't come off as super fancy, but the food is.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 21, 2014

I choose to celebrate my birthday at Lombardino's. It's as close to Italy as we can get in Madison. Eggplant dish was prepared very well and enjoyed with the Super Tuscan. Interesting new seasonal choices on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 19, 2014

Parking is a real problem!! Food was excellent and service was terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2014

While visiting from Chicago with a million great restaurants this was a find in Madison. The dates with Gorgonzola on genoa salami with balsamic was amazing, (sounded strange but good!). The pizza was also good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 16, 2014

This is the best Italian restaurant in Madison by far. It's got an old-school, neighborhood Italian restaurant vibe. It's refreshing compared to all the Food Fight restaurants. Great food, attentive service, relatively dark, quiet atmosphere. Perfect for a date or a family dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 15, 2014

This was our first experience at Lombardino's... and it won't be our last. Very delicious menu, great ambiance, great service (with a smile), and overall wonderful experience. This was a great night out italian diner!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Was very impressed with the food and service. The prices are a little expensive but definitely worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Have eaten here a few times now and the food is delicious! Frequent changes on the menu for variety and knowledgeable staff. I would recommend to anyone seeking the best Italian in the Madison area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2014

With a Sicilian spouse, Italian food is a staple in my house. I love the food here. It is so rich and tasty and I like that they add little twists on old Italian favorites. Like the pickled Bruscheta or a horseradish cream sauce. Those weren't in my grandma's kitchen! You will not walk away hungry with solid portion sizes and rich sauces. A good date night place :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2014

Five people seated, five different entrees....each dish scrumptious! Seafood was very fresh, pasta cooked to perfection, sauces rich and satisfying, salad crisp and cold, cocktails unique and delicious, and the service was impeccable. Don't miss a chance to eat at this local, one-of-a-kind restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 13, 2014

Lombardino's is the best italian restaurant in Madison in my opinion. The calamari is out of this world....Any italian dish is amaing....I like to combine a Tenderloin steak with the Eggplant dish that they make.

Make sure you make a reservation....as I have called to late to get a reservation for Friday and Saturday....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 13, 2014

Seafood pasta was nicely spicy and delicious. Slow-roasted pork shoulder was very tender and tasty - the risotto it was served with was TOO SALTY! Pistachio cake was decadent and fabulously different. Overall, a great night out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 12, 2014

Best bolognese! I get it every time.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2014

We haven't eaten here in years, and we are so glad we came back. The food was great and the service was one of the best I've had in years. So glad we went.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2014

We got the roasted olives and were impressed how something so relatively basic could taste so good. Our bruschetta was also good with a little spin on the traditional style. Our pasta dishes were cooked to perfection and we liked that there was a focus on using local ingredients and vendors.
Friendly and helpful wait staff too.

Overall a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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