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“Go for the Pappardelle & Affogato if nothing else!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nostrano Restaurant

Nostrano Restaurant
111 S Hamilton St, Ste 13, Madison, WI 53703-3240
608-395-3295
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Ranked #69 of 836 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $29 - $31
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: W Main St | S Carroll St
Transit: Madison Metro | Routes 1-8
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Go for the Pappardelle & Affogato if nothing else!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Finally made it to Nostrano during Madison Restaurant Week. Overall the food and wine pairings were excellent, but the highlights were the lamb pappardelle and affogato. I'm not a big fan of lamb, and cinnamon and mint may sound like an odd combination for a pasta sauce, but wow it was amazing. The affogato was seriously the best dessert I've ever had. What a perfect combination!! Not a negative, only a heads up, the menu is limited and portions are not large.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Madison, WI
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Ate here for lunch during restaurant week 2012. Got a cozy booth in the back to enjoy lunch with 4 friends. Great server. Had chilled zucchini soup...the soup was somewhat plain but the veggies and peppers that mixed in were relish! Entree was orecchiette with sausage and brussel sprouts and some cheese...sooooo yummy! Dessert was blueberry poundcake with coconut ice cream. Tasted like a morning coffeecake and was lovely. Okay portions for all I ordered but my friends were quite disappointed with the extremely small portion of white fish sandwich they received for their entrees. Anyway I would love to try Nostrano again sometime soon for dinner too! Great food.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Naperville, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Exceeds its reputation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Stopped in Madison in part just to try Nostrano. We were not disappointed. Excellent service, limited but inspired choices both for starters and mains. Seafood was prepared with expert care - even a chicken dish worked. The scallop starter is not to be missed. The octopus was very good, but not in the same league. The snapper with mussels and clams was a home run. Desserts looked great, but it is also a great area to wander to another restaurant for dessert or drinks. The wine list was very special with plenty of choices by the glass or quartino (2.5 glasses) - prices were appropriate for the ingrediants, preparation and care - also reasonable wine list (and local beer) prices and choices. Definitely a "must stop" when in Madison. Reservations highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, WI
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Locally sourced, incredible food and drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

If you want to taste farm-to-table dining; this is the place. I feel the lunch menu is pretty limited but i LOVE the dinner menu. They make their own charcuterie, everything is creative and delicious. Don't forget to order a cocktail. there is some outdoor seating. I love they use local everything, down to the Vodka (Death's Door)

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, MA, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Excellent, imaginative menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I had braised pancetta with risotto, the latter crisp, cooked to perfection, and the former succulent and delicately flavored. Pleasant place for conversation with friends and colleagues, near state capitol.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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