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Osteria Papavero

128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
+1 608-255-8376
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (16 reviews)
Opens in 22 min
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

We enjoyed a great dinner while our server helped us through our first experience here. We started with Verdure which was three different preparations of vegetables. We had red carrots with dill, stewed artichoke and fava beans, a frittata type thing. Very wonderful and different....More

Thank voyageurfoodie
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

An outstanding restaurant brimming with authentic Italian cuisine from Tuscany and a little further north. My fiancé lived in Italy for 7 years and I have been traveling and eating there for more than 30 years. Hands down one of the best restaurant finds in...More

Thank Ajarchibald
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Having had an outstanding experience in previous weeks at this place, decided to have a business/friends dinner here as well. Disappointed this time. The pasta/seafood entree was just a bit too old. Strong fishy tasty indicative of seafood well past its prime. None of the...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

I went in to find out the risotto o the day only to find it included sausage. I don’t eat red meat so I was planning to leave but they were quick to substitute fresh prawn and it was DELICIOUS! I also ordered mushroom stew...More

Thank Kenseyrs
Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Small but wonderful option near the capital. A wow list of Italian wines. Appetizers were exceptional. Service was over the top.

Thank BookReader31
Reviewed January 14, 2018

I really enjoy returning to this unique little restaurant. Nice downtown location but just south of the square so it may not immediately come to mind. Parking ramp right next door if driving. On a cold winter night retreating to this venue helps you leave...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed January 6, 2018

I had eaten here once about five years ago and thought it was fabulous. This year I went for the New Year's Eve fixed-price dinner and it was truly awful at every level. The service was atrocious--they couldn't bring the food to our group at...More

Thank vbinCBR
Reviewed November 30, 2017

Recommended by a Door County visitor who said if you're headed to Madison, try Osteria Papavero on East Wilson, just off The Square. A birthday was a good excuse to dine with a college roommate and catch up on lives over a flavorful soup with...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed November 19, 2017

When visiting Madison, we were lucky that our local friend knew of this small restaurant. Wow! We had a fantastic meal, sharing a number of dishes among the 8 of us. Our service by Becky was great! All of the food, from the appetizers to...More

Thank acedaughter
Reviewed September 29, 2017

I had the braised shortribs and it was delicious, I could have ate two portions. Its a tight a small restaurant but very good. The service was just ok hence only 4 stars. The server seemed a little strange to me. Also, they don't serve...More

Thank cardello
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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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
  • E-mail
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