There is no real reason for you to go to downtown Lowell, MA or anywhere near it. If you are stuck in the area, one of your better options for dinner before you escape is Centro. But it comes with a few caveats.
First, the pluses. Service was well done. I had an experienced server who was also supporting a trainee. She only paid me a few visits but I watched her with other tables. She was in good hands with the experienced server and he did a nice job with her. My server allowed me to dine at my own snail’s pace since I was alone and in no hurry. He was knowledgeable of the menu and wine list and, basically, was spot on as a server.
The menu, according to my server, was but a week or so new. An eclectic and interesting variety of options including vegetarian. Though I was leery of the cheeseburger spring rolls. Really? As a vegetarian, I would never order them, but just the name and subsequent description was off-putting. They are labeled as Mediterranean, but one look at the menu and you will discount that immediately. Nacho’s?
I had the watermelon salad which was well executed. Watermelon salads are all the rage and proper prep is key. A nice balance of flavors, perfect dressing to compliment and good portion sized. I had the Cotes du Rhone rose with the salad.
They offer a variety of “flatbread” pizzas. Don’t be fooled, they are anything but. It is a pizza, round, plain and simple. For me, a flatbread should be long, rectangular, nice thin crust and the toppings dominate. This was a round, Neapolitan style pizza. And not well prepared. I had the eggplant which, by the description, hit all the right notes. When it arrived, I was disappointed by the look and presentation. The sparse ingredients gave way to an excessive amount of cardboard crust. The limited aforementioned toppings were massed in the middle of this round pie, leaving 1-2 inches of dry, crumbling, flavorless crust around the outside. Cut into triangles, 1-2 regular bites and the topping is gone. I did have a few flavorful bites but they were far too limited and lost on the crust. An “A” for the idea of the combination of toppings an “F” for everything else. I had a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile which was a saving grace for the chalky crust.
Don’t even think of the hamburger pizza. It’s bad enough they put it in a spring roll.
The wine list is ok, nothing exceptional. A few decent international whites by the glass. But the reds by the glass are way too domestic and pedestrian.
I did not stay for dessert.
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