restaurant 2500 UNIVERSITY AVE. MADISON, WI
FROM THE EAST BELTLINE:
Exit Park St. and go north to University Ave. Turn left onto University and follow into Old University Ave. We are at the corner of Old University Ave and Highland Blvd. You will find off street parking on the west side of the building.
FROM THE WEST BELTLINE:
Exit at Midvale Blvd and go north. Follow Midvale to University Ave. Turn right and follow to Old University. We are on the corner of Highland and Old University.
Sunday thru Thursday 5:00 - 9:00, Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 10:00
- THE LOMBARDINO’S STORY
Lombardino’s Restaurant was originally located on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin. Matteo Lombardino moved his operation to our current location in 1952. Here on University Avenue, Matt opened a spaghetti house with décor that was imported from Italy. Much of the original design and kitsch of the 1950’s remains in the restaurant today.
In the 1970s, Lombardino’s was sold to the Maglio family. The Maglios carried on the tradition of Lombardino’s as a classic Italian-American red sauce joint. For a short stint in the 1990s, the Viviani family owned Lombardino’s.
It wasn’t until 2000 that Lombardino’s would come under its current ownership. Chef Patrick O’Halloran imagined a restaurant that respected Lombardino’s as the Madison institution that it had become, but sought to breathe new life into its menus with a more authentic Italian experience. Along with Patrick, we describe our cuisine as “the way Italians would cook if they lived in Wisconsin.” What this means is we combine locally-sourced ingredients from Wisconsin’s rich farm culture with Italian food traditions to create one-of-a-kind menus that showcase the best of both worlds.
--Michael Banas, Co-Owner