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Cafe Continental-A Little “Big City” in the Heart of Madison

March 15, 2008

Cafe Continental LogoOne of my favorite restaurants in the entire city of Madison is Cafe Continental located just off the capitol square at 108 King St.

Why is it my favorite?  Many reasons.  First the menu.  No where else in Madison can you get such a great mix of southern Italian and Mediterranean dishes as here.  From a ceasar salad with grilled octopus to crabcakes, you can’t miss the mark.  Try any olf the polenta for a great savory meal.  Some of my favorites are the Penne Paridiso, Applewood Smoked Benedict with grits (yes grits) and the Lamb Sausage Plate. 

The second reason I love Cafe Continental is Rosemarie Schiavo, mother of the restaurant founder, Nick.  Rosemarie works the weekend brunch crowd as host.  She seems to know everyone who walks through the doors and makes everyone feel like the long lost relative from the old country.

The last reason is the decor.  The original interiors were designed by the late Rachel Depry.  Her eye for big city feel in a small space is evident in the decor.  Small, tight tables with crisp white linens will remind you of your favorite hole in the wall in Manhatten.  The sleek glass, dark wood and beautiful bar only add to the ambience.

There’s an awesome wine list as well.  Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday but call ahead as the place fills up.  Dinner is served 7 nights a week and always provides a great night out.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kara and Derek permalink
    March 25, 2008 5:47 pm

    I agree, one of my favorite places to eat downtown. I did not know that they had a brunch – I will have to try it as well.

  2. January 12, 2009 10:59 pm

    Hi Darren,

    Can you please mail me about the spoonback in this post?


  3. January 14, 2009 5:40 pm

    Hi Darren, It looks like you only pasted part of the spoonback into your post, which keeps it from being processed by our automatic system. Let me know if I can help,


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