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World Flavor

No need to get out your passport in order to experience internationally-inspired cuisine! Madison's eclectic blend of restaurants offers endless dining opportunities. 

First stop: Ireland. Try Brocach on the Capitol Square for a relaxed, neighborhood tavern feel and a menu inspired by the travels of its owners. Or, head to Middleton where you'll find traditional Irish pub fare and a perfect pint at Claddagh Irish Pub.

If you're interested in Italian, Madison has many options: Cento is Madison's newest, premiere Italian restaurant that combines Old World Italian traditions with modern techniques—and has already earned accolades from Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "15 Best New Restaurants in the Midwest." Near UW-Madison is Lombardino's Italian Restaurant and Bar, a neighborhood restaurant with a menu that changes seasonally with the availability of fresh produce. Right off the Capitol Square is Nostrano, offering seasonal, Italian-influenced small plates, entrees and desserts created in-house from local ingredients. Other Italian hot spot is Benvenutos, an Italian grill with a diverse menu sure to please everyone at your table!

Another don't-miss mix can be found at the comfortable and casual Alpine Restaurant, which serves Swiss and American flavors. The New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, an historic landmark, is known for its Swiss cuisine and entertainment. Monroe Street's Brasserie V brings together Belgian and French flavors, and jacs Dining and Tap House (also on Monroe Street) offers affordable European-influenced cuisine. For a twist on French-inspired menu items, try the traditional cajun and creole flavors that are favored at The Bayou. Or, find Liliana's Restaurant in Fitchburg, where New Orleans food is served in elegant, French Quarter decor.

In the mood for Mexican? Try the Eldorado Grill for Tex-Mex and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, an Austin-style taqueria serving more than 30 varieties of tacos. A trip to Essen Haus German Restaurant just may make you feel as though you've stepped back in time into a German Beer Hall, complete with authentic food and live music. Serving from two food carts and a restaurant, Banzo features award-winning falafel and freshly-made Mediterranean dishes such as hummus and tabouli. Another Mediterranean favorite is Bunky's Cafe, home to many Italian dishes as well.

End your world tour with a sampling of Asia at Restaurant Muramoto, which offers a small-plate, Izakaya-inspired menu or Lao Laan-Xang, Madison's first authentic Laotion restaurant. Sa-Bai Thong, located on Madison's west side, serves authentic Thai cuisine and the Imperial Garden in Middleton, voted "Best of Madison" for more than 30 years, has an extensive Chinese menu.