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“Last minute choice turns out excellent!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nostrano Restaurant

Nostrano Restaurant
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Ranked #140 of 956 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: W Main St | S Carroll St
Transit: Madison Metro | Routes 1-8
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Last minute choice turns out excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food and service! We asked the waitress for a little longer explanation of the menu items and the excitement began. We were with friends that like to share foods, so we were able to try a lot of items. They were all delicious from starters to dessert.

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English first
Madison, WI
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Flavors did not bowl me over, but it was generally pleasant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

This place had been on my list to check out for quite a while, which I finally did. I was somewhat disappointed. It was very expensive, but the flavors did not impress like they do at other nearby choices such as L'Etoile, Graze, and the Tornado, which would all be better in my opinion. I found the portions small. Highlights included the drinks, and an excellent caramel gelato in espresso with fresh donuts on the side. Yum!

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“Great Place on the Square”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Hands down the best place in Madison to enjoy Mediterranean inspired cuisine. A little bit pricey but definitely worth it!!!

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Thank LukasDudd
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Madison, Wisconsin
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148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Go for the Pappardelle & Affogato if nothing else!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Madison, WI
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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