Below are just some of the nice things our customers had to say about Porta Bella:

Thank you so much for the use of your fabulous facility, and the excellent service by your staff on April 9th for the celebration of my mother’s life. Everyone had a wonderful time and thought the food and service was fantastic. I know we took a long time to set up and clean up, and I’m sorry for that! Using my mom’s depression era pink dish collection came to me sort of last minute, and I didn’t anticipate how long the whole thing would take! But, it proved to be perfect.

Again, thank you so much for everything! Sam and Rachel were great!

Julie Chase

Re: July 28th private room… everything went perfectly on Thursday night. Thank you so much for accommodating us on such short notice. The food was delicious and the servers were friendly and great at keeping pace with us. .

My compliments!

Ana Lisarudy

We had our reception at Porta Bella Italian Restaurant and were extremely satisfied. We had our cocktail hour in the Wine Cellar and our dinner in one of their new banquet rooms. The atmosphere was amazing and the food and service were excellent. We got nothing but positive feedback from our guests.


Our experience was wonderful, the wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful in choosing what to eat. You could tell they have eaten almost everything on the menu!

Eva Z

If you’re someone who wants to enjoy some delicious pasta AND feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson film, this is the place for you (and me). It is dimly lit and beautiful. The service was perfect and our food came quickly. Absolutely zero complaints here!

Leigh B

Thank you so much for making our luncheon experience so delightful and easy to plan. We received so many positive remarks about the delicious food as well as the room arrangement. Everyone, including the gentleman who was cleaning on the patio, were so courteous, cheerful and helpful

New In Madison luncheon committee

Wow! Our daughter had her wedding reception there in their banquet room and it was amazing. The food was excellent and we had many different choices beyond steak and chicken. Everybody has steak & chicken; we wanted something more unique and memorable and this was it! The service was outstanding; they all went out of their way to be sure things went well. The facility was gorgeous and intimate; not your average big banquet hall. Can’t say enough good things!

Chris H.

We had a wonderful time Saturday night. Everything worked out perfect. Great food and service. Your staff was top notch. We will surely come back and recommend your facility to all.


We were expecting only 7 people…but we ended up with twice that many.  Our server, Rachel, handled everything with aplomb.  Prompt, courteous, attentive, cheerful, thorough, unobtrusive–everything we could have asked for.

Madison Skeptics

I just wanted to say a huge thanks for the incredible job your folks did for our dinner tonight….Everyone loved everything about it…they all said they would be back soon!  Thanks again!


Awesome wedding reception.  Porta Bella recently constructed a beautiful, spacious room for receptions and banquets. Decorated with colorful photos from Italy surrounded by rich cherry paneling, the room is stunning. Our son and daughter-in-law held their wedding reception there and it was a huge success. The food for 160 people was outstanding. The bar service was friendly and efficient. The staff of this fine family-run restaurant is friendly, welcoming and professional. Our family has visited Porta Bella many times over the past 40 years. It is unique and lets guests feel as though they are in a favorite restaurant in Manhattan or San Francisco. During our family’s wedding reception, three generations of the family were there helping to ensure a successful evening. We recommend it for a quiet dinner or a large reception. Few can compare.

Rick F.