Welcome to Cento Ristorante, a premiere Italian restaurant in downtown Madison, where we combine Old World Italian traditions with modern techniques. Executive Chef Giovanni Novella hails from Torre del Grecco, a fishing port between Naples and Sorrento in southern Italy. He began his cooking career at the early age of 14, when he enrolled in culinary school in Sorrento. Chef Novella sources quality ingredients– locally, and from Italy– and creates classic and innovative dishes that lets these products shine.
Join us for handmade pastas and slow-roasted meats and pizza from our wood-burning oven; our open-style kitchen lets you watch our staff in action as your meal is prepared. Sommelier and Proprietor Caitlin Suemnicht and Wine Steward Adam Schepker bring their extensive experience and wine expertise to Cento, where they have selected an Italian-focused wine list featuring over 150 bottles, with over 20 poured by the glass. Whether you are coming in for a glass of wine and a pizza, or our 5-course kitchen table menu, we promise to provide you with an exceptional dining experience.
Translating to “100” in Italian, the significance behind Cento’s name (pronounced Chento), lies in our location – the bustling 100 block of downtown Madison, on the corner of Mifflin and Fairchild. Located directly across the street from the architecturally modern Overture Center for the Arts, and one block from the State Capitol, Cento is the perfect downtown destination for great food, wine and service in an elegant setting.
Inherent in our existing space are maple floors, plaster beam ceilings, interior brick walls, and stained glass dating back to the 1920′s, all enhanced with modern design details like plush booth seating, sleek leather chairs and dramatic chandeliers. We hope to see you soon for weekend brunch, dinner, or cocktails.