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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed September 16, 2020 via mobile

Went for a Sunday afternoon lunch on the patio and waited at least 20 minutes for a glass of water. We put our order in, including drinks, right away so we wouldn't have to wait. Another 20 minutes at least and no drinks, no bread,...no salad, not even a check on our waters. The place was not that busy, in fact there was only one other table on the patio that was seated. We got up to leave and saw the waitress inside and she proceeded to yell at us, in the restaurant, for leaving. Told the manager and she did nothing. Needless to say won't be going back anytime soon.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020 via mobile

This place is close to work, so its easy for lunch. It is pretty standard fare. Nothing stands out. Sandwiches are good. Salads are good. Service is good. Reservations recommended for groups of 6 or more. Decent food.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed June 5, 2020

My parents have been raving about Paisans for ages and I’ve purchased gift cards here a number of times, but this was our first chance to actually try the food. The food was delivered by EatStreet to the local hotel we were staying at and...everything was hot, fresh and delicious. My hubby, the pizza snob, loved his shrimp pizza and got it without onions which is standard there. You must ask for it without. I had the chicken parm pasta and homemade soup, the sauce had tons of flavor.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

We were in the area for the Garden Show and unfamiliar with the local restaurants. We saw an ad in the tourist brochure at the hotel and decided to give it a try. It is a lovely decorated restaurant with stained glass features. Our table...was in front of the massive window overlooking the lake. We order a pizza, salad, and drinks. Our wait staff, Ruth, was attentive and friendly.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

Staying at a local Madison area hotel and ordered 4 meals from Paisan's through GrubHub. Total cost, including 20% tip to the driver was about $80. Everything went well until I met the driver. Driver was given the 4 meals stacked on top of each...other in a brown paper bag smaller than what you get at the supermarket. The meals were stacked on one another, so that the covers keeping the bottom two meals were pushed down into the meal, making the bottom two meals smashed together. The food overall was not good. Pasta was mealy, sauce had no flavor, lasagna had almost no noodles, just cheese and sauce with very little meat. On top of this, the plates, silverware and napkins I requested were no where to be found. I sourced these from the hotel and ate as much of the mushy pasta as I could tolerate before calling the restaurant. Spoke to James who apologized several times, told me it was their fault for the lack of plates, issue with packaging and unappealing pasta. In the end, he worked with GrubHub to get me a full refund. So while I had a really bad experience with this particular order, I do believe James and Paisan's did the right thing by me in the end. I'd give Paisan's a try again, but only by eating at the restaurant, not GrubHub or any other delivery service.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2020 via mobile

I absolutely love Paisan's. The food is excellent. I always recommend this place to other crewmembers when they come to town. Amazing happy hour. But I think they need to hire new bartenders. Coming from the customer service industry I feel they could be more...outgoing with interaction with the customers. We were they only people seated in the bar area.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020

We stopped in for a late mid-week lunch. The bar was quiet and inviting so we decided to eat there. We were not disappointed. The bar has a classic feel and look. Our server / bartender was friendly and well versed with the menu and...specials. We had fine service along with well prepared meals. Come hungry as the portions are large, especially for lunch.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

I have know this restaurant for over 40 years and it’s Pizza and dinner salad are First class. The physical location has changed but the recipes have not. View of Lake Monona a plus presently but the food is a wonderful example of authentic Italian...and has been since I first visited in 1964. Service is top notch as well and never have had a waitperson to discourage a return visit there. Prices are reasonable for the high quality ingredients and beverages.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Always a great stop. The views are incredible and the food even better. Porta salad is a must! If I lived closer I might be there every day!!!!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

A fairly large group (8) showed up a lunch. All of their large tables were already filled, but with a jump and a smile they made room for us. The hostess took over as our waitress and we were off to the races. A number...of us had been to the original Paisan's back in the 90's and wanted to try again. We missed the Porta Salad and the Garibaldi sandwich. It is as good as ever. Other tried the lasagna and other had the pasta with sausage. A great selection of good local beers, mixed with mostly acceptable coffee, and we were all set. We finished lunch and proceeded to share a couple of desserts. The canoli wasn't bad, but the tiramasu was great.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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wannabeislander1232
October 2, 2017|
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Response from F4311IHthomasw | Reviewed this property |
I honestly do not know. It would seem to me that unless it is a registered service animal with identifying documents or vest, then probably not. I would check with Management
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Amy Barica S
December 27, 2016|
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Response from suen539 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't recall seeing a kid's menu. Perhaps a quick check with their website could offer better information.
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MPiekarz
June 5, 2016|
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Response from suen539 | Reviewed this property |
You might want to check with Paisan's.
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