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131 West Wilson - Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-3884
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About Us

Established in 1950, Paisan’s, a locally owned Italian restaurant, has survived four moves. The restaurant got its start on Park Street and moved around the corner to University Avenue in 1951. In 1969, Paisan’s relocated to the basement of its sister restaurant, Porta Bella, and eventually found it’s home on University Square from 1975 to 2006. In 2006, a final move was made to our current location overlooking Lake Monona offering lakeside dining.

Paisan’s recipes have remained loyal to its roots from the historic “Greenbush” Italian neighborhood where the dishes were developed. Catering to families and delivering a small neighborhood atmosphere, makes Paisan’s a comfortable and delicious place to eat. We look forward to serving you.


Paisan’s Restaurant

Welcome to Paisan’s! Voted Madison’s Best Pizza!

Paisan’s Italian Restaurant is one of Madison’s favorites for thin crust pizza, fresh pasta and trademark sandwiches.

The restaurant also features one of Madison’s finest lakeside dining areas. During our warm months, the patio features a relaxing outdoor environment overlooking Lake Monona. Be sure to visit us during our happy hour!


A great place for everyone to meet!

Located one block west of Monona Terrace, Paisan’s is a short drive from Camp Randall Stadium, and is a favorite meeting place before and after Badger games and Madison cultural happenings.

Paisan’s continously supports public radio and TV through generous contributions for their auctions.

FREE UNDERGROUND PARKING available after 5pm on weekdays with validated parking ticket. Free parking all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Proud member of Madison Originals

Paisan’s Restaurant
131 West Wilson – Madison, WI 53703
PHONE: (608) 257-3832
FAX: (608) 257-3884