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“Best Italian in Madison” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lombardino's Restaurant

Lombardino's Restaurant
2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
608-238-1922
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Ranked #63 of 841 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Highland Ave
Description: Lombardino"s Restaurant, a staple in Madison, WI since 1952, features a chef driven menu that changes with the seasons. With the 1950's Italian American kitschy decor, one will find excellent, simply made Italian food of the utmost quality in a comfortable neighborhood restaurant setting.
Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Italian in Madison”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Delightful unpretentious Italian atmosphere with terrific food. Wood grills are great and you can share a greedy Caesar salad. Food could benefit from a few less ingredients but overall their pastas,meats seafoods, pizzas ,salads and deserts are all delicious . And a nice reasonable selection of wines. Always a good dining experience.

    • 5 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
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English first
Wayne, New Jersey
Top Contributor
201 reviews 201 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience enhanced by the service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We tried Lombardino's on a Saturday night during a recent trip to Madison. While parking took a bit of time, our reserved table was ready at the appointed hour. Our group included two individuals that weren't as hungry as I was, resulting in only one appetizer--the mussels with rock shrimp. This was a beautiful dish of PEI mussels and small rock shrimp, with garlic, shallots, spinach, and bacon in an anise-flavored cream sauce. Main selections in our group included the roasted beet salad and the linguine with clams and rock shrimp--both of which were tasty. When ordering, I was undecided betwen the pappardelle with rabbit ragu and the strozapretti with mushrooms and parsnips. Our waitress, Jenn, suggested that I didn't have to make the difficult call and that she could arrange for a half-order of each. It was nicely presented on a large plate and I thoroughly enjoyed both. We all commented on her service that night--both friendly and attentive. Good food, interesting menu. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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93 reviews 93 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Nice Italian Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This restaurant has proved it is a quality place with good food and service through the years. The menu can be a little strange from time to time but it adds to the adventure here. My big complaint is that they allow people to eat at the bar. On our last two visits there the majority of the bar is taken up with people eating full dinners. If you and your friends want a drink you end up standing behind the diners and dodging the waiters with food orders going by. I always though the bar drinks were what kept a restaurant in the money but I guess not. This was on a busy Friday night not a slow Tuesday and it really annoys me. This is my wife's favorite place for eggplant something or other so we go there but it is a little pricey and I prefer more relaxed places to dine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oregon, WIsconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Overpriced and disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Lombardino's is always busy so most people must be happy here. The authentic decor is great although the lighting is extremely dim. We were very disappointed in the Acorn Squash and Risotto with shrimp. The majority of the plate was a very heavy, thick and floury gravy. The rice was cooked to mush, so was kernels of it were not even detectable. The shrimp were very small and the serving of squash was 3 very small strips of squash. The green beans accompanying it were good. On a happier note the date and prosciutto appetizer was excellent. In addition the price was very high for the value received. Service is good.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best gourmet Itialian ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Been a frequent on and off place to dine. Just gets better and enjoy the atmosphere preserved from former owners. Just a nice dining experience every time!

  • Visited July 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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