For most Americans, memories of Italian restaurants conjure images of red-checkered tablecloths, melted candles stuck in old Chianti bottles and lots of pasta smothered in red sauce. Very little of it has much in common with the Old Country. What we’ve grown to know and love is actually a conglomerate of cooking traditions brought here by immigrants, mostly from southern Italy and Sicily. It has evolved into our nation’s preferred ethnic cuisine. The trend in recent years has been toward regional and modern Italian specialties. Regardless, whether it’s old school or cutting edge you crave, Madison has just the spot to satisfy you.