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“Lovely atmosphere and service”

Nostrano Restaurant
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Ranked #154 of 981 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
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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Visited on a Tuesday evening before having surgery at UW as a “last meal” of sorts. Quite yummy. I had heard good things and the food was delish. I had a squash soup to start and the pork belly for my main dish. Loved the simplicity of the menu. I really respect restaurants that pick a few dishes and do them well according to the season. The placed filled up quickly, which was nice to see on a weekday evening.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank SwissMiss94
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English first
Hartford, WI
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Atmosphere wins hands down amongst a ton of competition, and I enjoyed the short menu!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Sweet bigger-on-the-inside place just off the square. Do order all the courses, this restaurant does not offer oversized portions! Squash soup is amazing, and lamb dish is a highlight. Vegetarian pasta was not good.

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1 Thank salsa28
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Ramsey, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious, eclectic, and quaint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Nice setting, interesting menu, good drink menu with attention to detail, good quality, fresh and well put together! Some tasty and interesting wines with good by the glass options

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Thank jcontras1
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Merrick, New York
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

With so many good restaurants in Madison, I would advise against wasting time and money here.
The food is inconsistent (if you must go, have the pancetta dish), with some good food, other dishes lacking flavor. The waitstaff was not helpful or very pleasant. When queried whether an appetizer plate was sufficient for three people, she stated it was, but it was maybe enough for one person. It looked like she couldn't wait for us to leave. This place is too expensive and pretentious. You can do much better than this.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank patricia a
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Great environment, but they need to simplify and make some improvements.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Boy, did I want to love this place. It is in such a fun neighborhood in Madison (on S. Hamilton off of the square) and the ambiance is delightful. The lighting is perfect, and the general idea of the place is wonderful. The service was also good.

Unfortunately, though, other than the marinated olive appetizer, I didn’t like the food! Perhaps they were having an off night? I found that the portion size was small (although I didn’t finish my entrée), and my food was undercooked. They advertise that they use local, seasonal and fresh foods, but my advice to them would be to simplify and truly go local. (For example, they could skip the octopus and instead serve a local, organic chicken or beef dish.) The wine and food menus are unique, but overly complicated, as are the ingredient combinations. It seems that they are trying too hard to appeal to foodies. For example, it isn’t required to add “cured goose yolk” to trenette, much less mention it on the menu if you do. If you are simple eater, you won’t find many options here.

  • Visited September 2012
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5 Thank WhirledTravels28
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