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Centro Restaurant

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Thu, 5/23
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Italian toast with fresh tomato, basil, garlic, red onion, fresh mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil
Centro Crab Cakes
With lemon aioli and baby greens
Centro Onion Rings
Served with chipotle ketchup
Portobello Fries
With truffle aioli & chipotle dressing
Tomato, Basil & Tortellini or Soup of the Day
Soup & Salad Combo
A cup of soup & your choice of a centro, caesar or side mista salad
Insalata Mista
Seasonal greens, tomato, red onion, cucumber & roasted garlic vinaigrette
Centro Salad
Seasonal greens, toasted pecans, red onion, gorgonzola & balsamic vinaigrette
Classic Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, asiago cheese, george’s caesar dressing & focaccia croutons *
Greek Salad
Seasonal greens, feta, kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato, red onion, hummus, flatbread & roasted garlic vinaigrette
Spinach Salad
Fresh‎ spinach, niman ranch bacon, tomato, mushroom, red onion, asiago cheese & warm bacon dressing
Crab Cake Salad
Seasonal greens, centro crab cake, corn relish, julienne carrots & chipotle dressing
Centro Cobb Salad
Seasonal greens, wood-grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, avocado & parmesan dressing
Steak Salad
Seasonal greens, wood-grilled flank steak, tomato, asiago cheese, cucumber, red onion & basil-dijon vinaigrette
Centro 4-Cheese Mac
Penne pasta with Parmesan, Asiago, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella cheeses, topped with toasted bread crumbs
Chicken Parmesan
Breaded chicken breast with marinara, parmesan & mozzarella cheese served over penne
Chicago Italian Beef
Italian-style roast beef, spicy giardiniera & sautéed onions on a hoagie bun with your choice of side
Sausage & Cheese Lasagna
Traditional baked pasta, Italian cheeses & graziano sausage & marinara sauce
Manicotti Florentine
Fresh pasta filled with mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta & spinach baked with marinara & alfredo sauce
Turkey Bacon Melt
turkey, niman ranch bacon, mozzarella, tomato, dijon mustard & mayo on garlic focaccia
New York Rueben
corned beef brisket, sauerkraut, swiss cheese & thousand island dressing on jewish rye
Tuscan Panini
Wood-grilled chicken, mozzarella, roma tomato, basil & garlic mayo on south union bakery country Italian bread
bacon +1.50
The Grilled Cheese
Fontina cheese, caramelized onion, mushroom & truffle oil on country Italian
George's Club
Wood-grilled chicken breast, bacon, provolone, tomato, onion, lettuce & mayo on garlic focaccia
Kill-Bill Pork Tenderloin
“The five pointed palm exploding heart sandwich” niman ranch tenderloin, ham, bacon, pepperjack cheese, red onion, a sunny side up egg & garlic mayo on a toasted ciabatta bun
Steak Sandwich
Wood-grilled flank steak, caramelized onion, provolone, tomato, garlic mayo & pesto on garlic focaccia
George's Veggie Burger
Wood-grilled veggie burger, pepperjack cheese, roasted corn relish, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion & chipotle dressing on a toasted ciabatta bun
bacon +1.50
Fried egg +1.00
The Cheeseburger
Wood-grilled 8 oz. Centro “black label” grind, cheddar & pepper jack, lettuce, tomato & red onion on a toasted ciabatta bun
Gorgonzola Burger
Wood-grilled 8 oz. Centro “black label” grind, gorgonzola, fried portabello mushrooms, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, red onion & truffle aioli on a toasted ciabatta bun
to have a great, traditional New York pizza, you need to have a coal-fired brick oven. other ovens can’t produce the extreme heat (850°) & impart the crust with the right amount of crispiness & smokiness that a coal brick oven can. we use fresh mozzarella imported from New York’s little Italy, imported Italian tomatoes in our sauce, & specialty flour to produce a pizza that has a smoky thin crust & the richest robust flavors. for an authentic New York style, charred-crust pizza, ask for your pizza to be cooked “well-done”.
All centro pizzas are made with olive oil & garlic
Small / 6 slices, large / 8 slices
Fresh mozzarella, red sauce
Mozzarella, olive oil, fresh basil, red sauce
Garlic Pizza
Mozzarella, fresh garlic, olive oil, red sauce
Pizza Bianco
Mozzarella, fresh & roasted garlic, ricotta, parmesan, olive oil
The Centro Calzone
Mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, parmesan & sausage
Pizza Napoletana
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, red sauce
Quattro Formaggi
Mozzarella,‎ gorgonzola, parmesan, provolone, olive oil, garlic
Pasta of the Day
Ask your server about our latest creation. Half-order of any pasta & salad
Chicken & Prosciutto
Penne, wood-grilled chicken, la quercia prosciutto, roma tomato, basil & parmesan cream sauce
Rigatoni with Sausage
Rigatoni giganti, sliced Italian sausage, sautéed pepper, onion, fresh mozzarella & spicy tomato sauce
Handmade Ricotta Gnocchi
Ricotta‎ gnocchi, fennel, Roma tomato, chili flakes, basil & marinara sauce
Centro Truffle Mac & Cheese
Penne, niman ranch apple wood smoked ham, truffle cheddar cheese sauce & bread crumbs
Handmade Cavatelli
Lemmo's handmade cavatelli, graziano brothers’ sausage, fresh mozzarella & marinara sauce
Tofu Gnocchi
Sauteed mushroom, red onion, tomato, spinach, garlic, basil, shallots & olive oil
Wood-Grilled Salmon
With‎ lemon caper butter sauce, served with sautéed fresh vegetables
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.
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Italian, American
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Table Service
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Our waiter let us know that we were ordering too much. He was right. The portions were large. Everything was excellent. I especially liked the gnocchi. Great service and great food, what more could you ask for.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank lee457918
Reviewed 2 days ago

I tried this restaurant as it came highly recommended by people who always dine there when they visit the area and I was amazed at how delicious Italian cuisine they prepare. I love the ambiance, the service and everything I tried from the appetizers to...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank NinaW2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were greeted and seated by Paige and delightful young hospitality server she explained the menu and the bloody Mary bar to us. as we went to create are bloody Mary's we returned to seeing the manager and a busboy clearing our table Service as...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Stephanie_Chetwynd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner Saturday night and had an amazing experience! Sat at the bar while we waited for our table on the patio on a gorgeous night, and had such a great time with our bartender Amber that we gave up our table. She recommended and...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank srocky13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made two trips to Centro. One was to stay and one to go. On the stay, we had mussels as an appetizer and they were delicious, so surprising in Des Moines. Frankly the main courses were not memorable, but the bill really was! $50/person. So,...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank LindaInEvanston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Noisy nice lively place but number 2 of best restaurants??? Not for us unfortunately. The Caesar salad was good but the pastas were nothing special. Wines not bad but very little for the prices they charge.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 503elsj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner service and were able to be seated right away. The atmosphere and staff were nice. We had a little problem getting my food correct. It was ordered with no onions and had to be sent back a couple times to...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Zach B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a quick bite on a Friday night with no reservation. That wasn’t a problem since there was plenty of seating in the bar with the same menu which worked great for us. My husband and I shared a pizza and a...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank aliced491
Reviewed April 13, 2019

I went here on my last night in town. It was walkable to my hotel, or I could have taken a shuttle. The food was so delicious. Service was excellent. It’s a bit on pricey side, but the atmosphere and food was well worth it.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 479janetc
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Excellent service. Group of seven friends having lunch before going to the Temple Theater. Several of us came early and met at the bar and were very happy that they let us be seated early. Everyone said their food was good — salmon was delicious....More

Date of visit: April 2019
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David B
April 3, 2018|
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Response from ChiChisPapa | Reviewed this property |
That is a good point. Parking is an important issue once you arrive. However, when a restaurant is in a area of downtown where it is mostly street parking, or valet at certain places, it is an afterthought and not a... More
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I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
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Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
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