Welcome to Porta Bella
Celebrating over 45 years!


Established in 1968, Porta Bella is known for its pasta, homemade Italian dinners, pizzas, steaks and seafood. Recipes that came from Madison's Italian Greenbush are still offered today in addition to new regional Italian dishes found during our travels to Italy.

Cozy, upholstered booths were placed in small rooms to create a casual romantic atmosphere. Our three distinctive dining rooms have hosted many first dates, engagements and anniversaries.
Thank you for voting Porta Bella, “Most Romantic and Best Italian Restaurant” 15 years in a row.  

Looking for a casual place for drinks or dinner? Travel down the front steps to visit our Wine Cellar. At the bottom of the steps, 40 wines, Porta's signature martinis and 14 draft beers wait for you. Many of the Italian wines were selected by our owner during his recent visit with Italian wine makers. Enjoy your favorite drink along with our full dinner menu.

During the warmer months, we also have outdoor seating in our beautiful patio.

Porta Bella Restaurant
425 North Frances Street - Madison, WI 53703
PHONE: (608) 256-3186
FAX: (608) 256-1210
EMAIL: PortaBellaRest@aol.com

 

 

Visit the Mantova Room
Perfect for your unforgettable special event


Beautiful design and artisan craftsmanship grace every inch of the Mantova Room, named for Madison's sister city in northern Italy. With its cherry hardwood bar, upholstered booth and table seating, and spatulata polished plaster ceiling, it's no wonder the Mantova Room won a Wisconsin 2013 Award for Excellence from the International Interior Design Association.

The Mantova Room is also functional and packed with amenities. It can be divided to serve up to 50 guests, or enlarged to serve more than 200 – and configurations can include high-definition flat-screens and more. With delicious full menu service and unmatched hospitality, the Mantova Room is ideal for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, corporate events and association meetings, networking and company parties. Call us and let us help you plan your next unforgettable special event in the Mantova Room.

RESTAURANT HOURS:
Mon–Sat: 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM

FRONT BAR HOURS:
Mon–Sat: Open at 11:00 AM
Sunday: Open at 4:00 PM

CELLAR HOURS:
Thursday: 6:00 to Close
Fri–Sat: 5:00 to Close
Open for Kohl Center events

Porta Bella accepts reservations. Please call the restaurant at 608-256-3186 to make a reservation. Reservations can be made by telephone only. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and personal checks.

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