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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #2 of 500 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Iowa
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to this restaurant several times. The food is always good with huge portions. My favorite dish is the Chicken Francese with lightly breaded chicken and lemon butter sauce fettucine. So rich and delish! The centro salad is a must as well with the gorgonzola and candied walnuts. It is a big open place so it can get loud... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Great Italian. The pizza is really good with lots of fresh toppings and thin but chewy crust. Good service. Definitely going back.

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Avoca, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I discovered this restaurant last year when we were visiting Des Moines for an overnight get away. And we fell in love with it...the pizza is like a brick oven pizza but it is made with coal! Wow...we moved to Iowa from the East Coast and it is is so close to some of the pizza restaurants... More

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Davenport, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Three of us tried the pizza which is thin crust and we all felt it was very average, nothing special. It is was good but not great, The other person with our group had a sausage pasta dish and said it was very good. Also our waitress was not that attentive or friendly.

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Aurora
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Having been to Centro several times, I can say that I have never had a bad experience. Service is prompt and informed, food is good if not that inventive, price is fair. However, there is little that is special about the place. Close your eyes, and you can imagine yourself in a zillion similar eateries. It's a Chevy. It'll get... More

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DES MOINES
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Awesome menu, amazing food, knowledgable staff. Always a winner in my book. Never have been disappointed here at any meal.

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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After a wonderful stroll through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, we stopped in for lunch. What a wonderful treat. My husband and our children enjoyed our meal out on the outdoor patio. Great capanelle pasta, caesar salad and kids grilled cheese sandwich. There was something yummy for all ages and a very nice kids menu. Everyone was very friendly, attentive and... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had the lobster ravioli. The portion looked pretty small but it was so incredibly rich I couldn't finish it. It tasted great; don't get me wrong. Ordered the creme brulee for dessert, also very good. There was an hour long wait so we sat at the bar, but service was good. It was nice for an anniversary dinner but... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Perfect space for a restaurant, open but not too loud, modern, but not cold. Great out door space as well. We had such high hopes. The food was average and too large. Even the salads were a non-event with lack luster lettuce and no flavor. Wonder about the local source - here we are in the middle of the farmland... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I recently made a trip to Des Moines to visit friends and decided, after reading all the great reviews, to try Centro. We were so impressed and loved the pizza! The cocktails were also great and the service was perfect. We cannot wait to go back, we just need another reason to go to Des Moines!

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