2949 Triverton Pike Dr, Fitchburg, WI | Directions 5371143.014689 -89.430084
(sigh) – It's funny. Suburban moms, and their struggle for perfection. So cute!
My first suggestion is to get the lowdown on the menu, BEFORE you order. So.... if the little one(s) can't do spice, do your due diligence. And, try to refrain from making blind assumptions (e.g., kids meals only come with fries). And, implying that the restaruant leaves you nothing healthy for your child. I assure you that, if you asked, they'd prepare something to your liking. (Oh, and you can get one of a myriad of "healthier" sides with your kids meal; e.g., rice, veggies, boiled red potatoes, etc.)
More to the point, for a city with very little to offer in the solid (food), $10-$20 range, Benvenutos does a pretty good job. This place does a ton of regular business. Primarily, due to cost/benefit, and the excellent staff.
The service is extremely-friendly, and generally-competent. The bar (if you're drinking) is dirt cheap, and has a nice selection of beer/booze. The menu is extremely-varied; which should be a clue..... Most successful restaurants focus on a limited-number of plates/apps/whatevs, and master the few. With so many menu items here, it's in a customer's best interest to ask around (staff/friends) for suggestions.
My suggestions: Pizza and Sandwiches. The pastas are inconsistent; although I like the Carbonara, and the Alfredos. The red sauces are so-so.
Sandwiches? The Salmon BLT rocks. As does the burger, and the Steak sandwich thingy. All of the pizzas I've had are good. The calzones are huge, and they're good, as well.
It's not a five-star restaurant; but it's Madison. If you're comparing to the national, mid-level chains (e.g., Fridays, Outback, Chili's), and you're leaning toward Italian, you could do MUCH worse.
And, the bathrooms are new, and immaculate! (At least the Men's.) I've seen worse out of five-star restaurants.
Seriously, dissing for "dust bunnies"?
sparse toppings, thin tough crust pizza – Questionable cleanliness of restroom (smell and dust bunnies)
Waitress clumsy with grating parmesan cheese, and said l am new, it is my 4th day.
Served herb bread, was ok, but we did not know how long the olive oil had been sitting in the saucers on the table
Meat lover's pizza (3 meats, 4 cheeses) was skimpy on toppings, and a good 2 " perimeter of crust void of any toppings. (Med size, $17, 4 adults did not finish it, it just was not that good)
Chicken parmigiana lacked presentation, looked like overcooked spaghetti with marinara and breaded chicken breast on top
We took 6 of us there mid-afternoon and Saturday Aug 11, we were very disappointed. No other patrons in the restaurant, should have been a red flag. Took about 5 min to be seated though.
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