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“Lombardino's is a fun place to go for dinner!”

Lombardino's Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 1,014 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We just had a great time to celebrate a Birthday and Anniversary, both being the special May 8th date at Lombardino's. All 18 of us commented on the delicious variety of tasty Italian food and drink we shared. The pizza choices were really enjoyed, each dish and the salads were very good. Many in our group had enjoyed Lombardin's over different time periods. One couple remembered their "first" date being at a particular table. The two youngest, at 7 years each will be back over decades for sure. Quite a few of us arrived early and Ben the bartender along with other bartenders took great care of us.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We finally decided to try this restaurant. We have been to Italy several times and we come from an Italian background. The food was fair. The beet and ceaser salads were good. However the pizza lambordino, the eggplant and carmalized onion and the spaghetti all lacked something. Couldn't say exactly what, perhaps seasoning but all of us agreed that we wouldn't rush back to eat there again. Service was good but rather slow. The best part of the whole dinner was the Tiramisu. It was excellent. Also, we did hear the people at the table next to us rave about the Calamari.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We loved our grilled octopus and enjoyed all of our mains--spaghetti bolognese, eggplant with caramelized onions and jumbo shrimp. Nice selection of wine by the glass and tasty tiramisu. The bread was warm and the service warmer. Overall, a very nice meal in a friendly place.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

I've enjoyed this restaurant since the nineteen-fifties, and wanted to take an old friend out. The service was fine, the bread was cold but the olive oil savory, the fried calamari hot and crisp and the sauce homestyle. Then came the main courses, duck ragu and spaghetti bolognese. This comes with salad? I'd asked, and the cheery server chirped no, everything's a la carte. What I and friend got was a HUGE, HEAVY white plate-- something out of an institution for indigent giants-- in the middle of which sat, unadorned, a smallish pile of something the texture and consistency of dog vomit. Mine gray, my friend's orange. Nothing else. Tasty? for shredded meat on flabby flaps of pasta, in a savory sauce, yes it was. Attractive? Heck no! A few little spinach leaves, sundried tomato, three oilcured black olives, some chopped red onion, a slice of lemon and a few capers-- total cost maybe 30 cents-- would have made this dish, on a smaller plate, delightful. Even just separating the oiled pasta and the ragu would have helped a lot. As it was, I was taken aback and painfully disappointed. -- Let me add that the lighting was so high and harsh that I had to shade my eyes even to see my friend, and felt just as unattractive as the food. There's a reason for the classic candle-in-chianti-bottle decor, with a little red shade... it's homey and glamorous and it makes guests and food look good. Be advised, Lombardino's! Rethink your presentations!

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Thank Brouser
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Yes, Patrick O'Halloran's place is Italian and even plays (too much) Dean Martin but for over a decade it has been one of the most creative integration of Italian inspired meals with lots of hard work and ingredients that are fresh and remarkably good, but he is always adding new twists on things - we eat specials almost exclusively there since it is new and they appreciate feedback and use it - and more and more is finding ways to connect with variations that have a local food as the key - and things like the chianti braised beef are simply wonderful but the whole essence of a good place for food is not replication but experimentation and Patrick does it remarkably well. Finally, and surprisingly, every fish on the menu has been really terrific - best prepared fish in the city. Great staff, great bartenders, and a neighborhood place to die for.

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Thank John F
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