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Centro Restaurant

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Wed, 4/24
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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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, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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
Thank DennisE733
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Husband called in and made reservations. Walked in and were seated immediately. Upbeat atmosphere with calming low lighting. Kind server. Most incredible Italian I’ve ever had. Highly recommend the chicken saltimbocca.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kellietillotson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whether going to Centro for Happy Hour, Monday Pizza & Peronis or a leisurely meal — the food is always delicious! Pizza, pasta, appetizers, martinis, local beer, soup & salad — you name it and I guarantee you’ll like what you order!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Trisha T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was very impressed with the bar menu - enjoyed one of the best Caesar salads I’ve eaten. Perfect mix of ingredients and sauce; add the anchovies! The grilled salmon entree was a full meal, super delicious and well complemented by a double hopped IPA.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank teeay65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on business trip. Loud restaurant, but not in a bad way. More of just chatty people enjoying dinner. Nice bread and olive oil on the table. Had a Centro salad and the special gnocchi (mushroom and pesto). Small serving but was delicious. Service...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 4Sters
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A few blocks from the center of town (within walking distance), Centro is a great place if you’re looking for good Italian food while in Des Moines! The menu offers a variety of options including handmade pastas and their service is very friendly. They have...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 7, 2019 via mobile

We went with a group of four for lunch. We were seated right away and told about the specials for the day. Our server was friendly and made multiple suggestions. All of the dishes were super and everything was as ordered. Would highly recommend this...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

These guys can customise a lot for you. I am a vegetarian and they had a lot to offer. I loved their pizzas, they gave me a fresh pesto sauce on the side and I just loved the combination. The staff is very friendly and...More

Date of visit: February 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
April 6, 2017|
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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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