Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Madison. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Madison restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Lombardino's, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Porta Bella. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Madison - Downtown, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!


With its sunny patio, cozy wooden booths, and casual ambience, Paisan's plays host to folks seeking affordable Italian fare and some of the city's best pizza. Sandwiches and pasta standards have their place, but thin-crust pies are the...  Read More


Romantic and intimate, Porta Bella has entranced Madison diners since 1968, and loyal patrons give it praise for food and ambience again and again. Lush dishes include meaty lasagna, shrimp tetrazzini, oven-baked salmon, and a NY strip stuffed...  Read More


Biaggi's serves patrons well with large portions, an extensive menu, and a comfortable, convivial ambience. Local folks prize favorites like osso buco, chicken saltimbocca, pork chops al forno, seared salmon, veal marsala, and an herb-tinged NY...  Read More

Tucked into the space below an apartment building, this restaurant once served as the dining room for residents. Now, crisp white decor boasts black accents and features framed photos that add character to the pleasant space. The seasonal menu...  Read More

Tutto Pasta

Homemade pastas in every shape imaginable distinguish this Italian restaurant, which serves well-prepared food for wallet-friendly prices. Start with seared jumbo scallops or salmon carpaccio, and shift to gnocchi, rigatoni with grilled chicken,...  Read More


A city institution, Lombardino's has been one of Madison's most recognizable restaurants since 1952. Given to kitschy charm, the interior is a throwback to Italian eateries of past decades, a look patrons love for its unchanging character. The...  Read More