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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #3 of 496 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Des Moines has a few really excellent Italian restraunts, and Centro is solidly in that list. We really like the saltImbocca, but I've never had a bad meal there so I'd say you're safe whatever you decide to order. The location is excellent. Right downtown, and walkable from any downtown hotel.

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Queenstown, Maryland
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I started eating at Centro shortly after it opened, many years ago. I know the head chef, George Formaro. He lives and breathes food and the food at Centro is always excellent. As the years went on, I just stayed with whatever the specials of the day were. I was never disappointed. If you have a chance, look for the... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for "city feel"...this is the place. Food is good although a bit overpriced. Service is great. All and all a fine-dining experience!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Sunday evening dinner? Who's kitchen is still open lat-ish in the evening? Centro! But I don't mean to suggest that Centro is the answer because it's what is available at odd hours. The food is sensational and there is something very cosmopolitan about the large, open room with its high ceilings and large displays. The menu changes so ask the... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Centro is a locally owned restaurant located in downtown Des Moines. The food is always good as is the service. When I have out of town guest or business meetings, Centro is always on the list of places to take people either for a cocktail for a meal. Love the local owned businesses in Des Moines and this one always... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great pizza, tomato bisque soup, atmosphere. Very nice wine selection. Have never had a meal that didn't meet my expectations

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite places for Italian in Des Moines. It has a "Big City" feel. We have had drinks and appetizers many times and always fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good food, good atmosphere! It is a fun place downtown. Good for before or after the theater. It has good food for lunch and dinner. probably not so much a kids place as for adults.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Centro is a GREAT place. Downtown. HUGE portions. Incredible quality. Portobello fries? Never heard of them until I was there. Really, really good!

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Pronounced chen-tro, this place is great. It was recommended to me by a friend who is often in Des Moines on business. From the minute you walked in the door you are embraced by the smells of great Italian cooking. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about their menu, what wasn't on their menu anymore (we had heard the Gnocchi Verde... More

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