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JM ate the panzeratti calzone and salad with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Italian BLT with ribollita soup.
The bill was $13, or $6.50/person, plus tip with coupon (thanks, WPR!)
JM gave Osteria Papavero an A-, Nichole gave Osteria Papavero an A (see our grading rubric).
Osteria Papavero is a nice midrange- to upscale place to take a date or a small group of friends. We found it bright and welcoming for a leisurely lunch, though the dinner menu was enticing as well.
JM's calzone was very good and tasty, fresh and hot. At first sight, he was concerned he'd not be full enough to get back to an afternoon's work, but by the end of the meal he was "full, thank God." His concern was not unfounded, as the portions are smallish but average-priced by Madison restaurant standards, but are a good value in freshness and preparation.
This was just about the perfect BLT. Nichole can even forgive it for cutting her mouth just a bit with its sharp, buttery, bready edges. It had balanced flavors and wasn't too greasy. The ribollita made the lunch truly noteworthy - loaded with Parmesan and large pieces of ham hiding under a pond of broth [edited-see comments], the white bean and vegetable soup excelled.
Osteria Papavero gets a little lost in the fact that its cuisine is standard for the high-end downtown sandwiches-for-lunch-tasty-dinner-entree group including some of Madison's most famous eateries. But don't let this gem get lost in the shuffle.