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Lombardino's Restaurant

2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
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Ranked #69 of 820 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Highland Ave
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125 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Bentonville, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Yum! My husband used to eat here years ago and wanted me to experience it. So glad that we did. From the outside to the minute you walk in the door, you feel like you have stepped back in time to an elegant but hip supper club. The bar is small and dimly lit - great 60's feel. The decor... More

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I went to Lombardino's years ago as a student and went back this past weekend for a walk down memory lane. Much to my surprise, it was better than I remembered. Under new ownership it has become a neighborhood fixture, crowded with local diners even at early hours. And it has done this while retaining all the ambiance of an... More

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Madison, WI
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a large group and the service was spectacular. Never waited for a thing. Everyone loved their food. Of special note was the prosciutto and spring pea bruschetta, orecchiette With Fraboni’s sausage & rapini, and the pan-seared Walleye. Felt a bit pricey - but the food certainly was good.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Loved everything especially the specials! Nice homey atmosphere, varied menu, unpretentious. Simple recipe for success. Good food, done well, impeccable service.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

On a business trip with five people. We asked for suggestions and many people said Lombardino's was the place to go. Service was good, parking was tough, and the food was average as everyone in our party agreed. Sorry folks maybe it's cause we are east coast people but it was about the same a Olive Garden. Not that it's... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We were not pleased with the food, prices and choices. Haven't been there for some time, we moved and not convent to get there. No simple spaghetti and meatballs with a tasty sauce. Instead it was some awful tasting stuff and a cup of not fresh grated cheese on it. For $17 there was no salad. The prices were way... More

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Madison, WI
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

You might expect such an established fixture of a restaurant to have a traditional, timeless menu. You will find some of that, but most of the offerings are quite updated, with interesting and fresh ingredients. We had everything from appetizers to salads to pasta to pizza to grilled chops. Everything was beautifully presented. One standout was the roasted cauliflower panzanella... More

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green bay, wi
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great food! Celebrated our son's birthday, starting off with a drink at the bar.The bar area is small but one can look at all the Italian tile paintings and the rest of the decor. Calamari fritti-fried to perfection and prosciutto cotto bruschetta, mmmm, to start off our dinner! Orrecchiette with sausage & rapini was my choice.The cream sauce was very... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The rotating menu is always fresh, local and excellently prepared. Be adventurous and try something new every time - or do as I have and stick with the ragu. You will not be disappointed.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We went for dinner and had the Bolognese pasta and the Roasted Mushroom & Prosciutto Cotto. My partner loved the Bolognese and it was such a large portion that he took half with for lunch the next day. And you know what happens to pasta the next day it gets even better :). My pizza was really rich, I could... More

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