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131 W Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3243
+1 608-257-3832
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11:00 - 22:00
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like thin crust pizza, this is the place for you! I used to eat here when it was located near the UW campus on University Avenue and I stumbled across it by accident while staying at a hotel down the road. Now that I know it's location, I plan to eat there every time I return to Madison!... More 

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Thank Tim D
Beloit, Wisconsin
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100 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time I ate at Paisan's I was a senior in high school and it was on University Ave. This restaurant always had great pizza. Now it has much more than just great pizza. A great view to over look and fabulous interior. The guys both had the Whitehouse sandwich and it was excellent.

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Thank marsha7377
_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Paisan's, responded to this review

Thank you for being a long-time customer! We are proud to serve you! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great dining experience. We were seated at a table overlooking the water, in the "Fireplace" room. The wait staff was terrific and very attentive. The locale is very clean and pretty with stained glass windows. The food was excellent; we had the ravioli and the manicotti, both of which were done well. There was enough to take... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by for happy hour recently and were exceptionally pleased by the great options and exceptional prices of the drinks and hors d'oeuvres. We enjoyed a Bella pizza--very tasty with a slightly sweet meat sauce. Make time to stop by!

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Thank gawarfield
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived about twenty minutes before the rest of my friends, and they said no problem, and seated me right away, at a booth with a view of the lake. The waitperson was very nice and made sure we were taken care of. I ordered the nightly special, beef ravioli with a side porta salad. The porta salad was every... More 

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Thank Tracy B
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

First they have a very nice bar area, and once we went up to the restaurant the views of lake Monona are awesome. We went in February, but the outside dinning looks really nice. The food was really good also, the signature porta salad is awesome. Our table also ordered pastas and pizzas which both were very good. The server... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

The view is my favorite part of going to Paisan's. The pasta is not fresh, but the sauce is. The food is just okay. Slow service, but friendly.

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_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Paisan's, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Please come try us again! We work hard to make all our customers happy. More 

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Took several out of town guests to lunch. They loved the view and the food. We arrived as the restaurant opened and were seated immediately. Several in the group had the scallop chowder and raved about how good it was. All our meals were excellent.

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Thank Gail R
_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Paisan's, responded to this review

Thank you Gail.We look forward to serving you and your clients again soon! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My husband and I went here for Restaurant Week. We heard from several people that it was a Madison institution and we needed to try it out. The service was wonderful, really friendly staff. The food was good, nothing stuck out as exceptional. The view is lovely looking out over the lake (even from inside in winter!). Although Paisan's is... More 

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_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Paisan's, responded to this review

Thank you Erica! More 

Elk River, Minnesota
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I rarely write negative reviews because I know most places try really hard to please their customers. The fact is, even this review isn't really intended to be "negative", it's meant to be informative to those who've never been here. Paisan's is a step back in time. You almost certainly will park in the very old parking ramp, come up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 W Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3243
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-257-3832

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?