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Osteria Papavero

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$$ - $$$
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128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
+1 608-255-8376
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It may seem like a non sequitar, but it's possible to immerse yourself in the cuisine of rustic bologna in downtown madison! This classic Italian eatery almost feels like a top secret place. Located near the Monona Terrace Convention Center, and a short walk from the Capital, it is nestled on the ground floor of a nondescript brick apartment complex... More 

Thank James C
Sun Prairie, WI
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221 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The menu is not long but doesn't need to be. Everything is interesting, creative and delicious. They do not take reservations but even if you have to wait it will be worth it. We took friends and all of us loved our food. It is not a very big place but good things come in small packages.

Thank Frankee7
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This was different for me, but the food was very good and the service was great as well. I would eat there again.

Thank Steve S
Madison, Wisconsin
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Small, quaint restaurant with excellent service, friendly, knowledgeable about the foods and wines. Food was delicious, had the vegetarian appetizer-excellent. Meal of wild mushroom risotto, very rich, delicious, pumpkin bread pudding for dessert was also yummy. The wines are also unique and very good. Price is very fair.

Thank zeusy33
Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and service again. It's been about a year and we couldn't wait to try this place again. Still excellent cocktails, entrees and desert.

Thank Paula S
Monterey, California
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I came here for dinner with a friend and the menu is very simple and the food was so good, I went back the second night. I had the raviolis and also the risotto both warm and tasty comfort foods. The butterscotch pudding was highly recommended and it did not disappoint! Lovely service, great food, and easy to walk over... More 

Thank 641christym
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Unusual menu, great desserts and excellent service. Our table enjoyed a generous portion of Risotto with ramps and Corvina. The Salame dessert was a chocolate lovers dream and the salted caramel ice cream yummy. Quaint, small and unpretentious

Thank Mims M
Madison, Wisconsin
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196 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We tried lunch at Osteria Papavero this week. We arrived @11:45 and were told to pick our seats. There are about a dozen or so tables inside and a few outside as well. It was bright, clean, and smelled amazing. There were only a few customers there when we arrived so we chose a window table. Our waitress quickly brought... More 

Thank rickleed
Madison, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is a terrific spot. I am hesitant to write because it may make it harder to get a table. the food is really good --and innovative while very Italian. The service is also very good.

Thank Bobbi1234
Dubuque, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Ariel was our server she is one of the best i have ever had anywhere. The food was beyond wonderful and her wine suggestions were great. The place is very clean and cute indoor and outdoor sitting cant wait to go back there.

Thank Paula M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-8376

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?