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Centro Restaurant

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Sat, 5/25
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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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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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Never had a bad meal here. The Centro salad and crab cakes are personal favorites. Great for a fancier date night. So good we had our rehearsal dinner here. Out of town family loved it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank thomasdcotter
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We decided on Centro because we had tickets to a concert. The wait staff made a point of asking, at the outset, if it was a special evening so we said yes. She was so accommodating and ensured that everything was to our liking and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ahorntime2run
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Last night we had dinner at Centro. My steak salad was fine but my husband sent back his entree which was a ravioli dish that was swimming in oil. The waitress was very accommodating. This was the first time we ever did this. Along with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank R6188KZnancyb
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Having been here a few times over the past couple of years, I have found this is consistently the best in downtown Des Moines. Every part of the meal and every dish you will find flavorful and enjoyable from a seafood entree to pizza. Service...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed October 2, 2018

In the heart of a re-emerging Downtown Des Moines in a classic old theatre building is the incredible Centro. Massive amounts of food that Mama could have cooked. Delectable pastas, moist chicken, delicious fish. Something for everybody.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank realChrisZoller
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Des Moines for the weekend. Our hotel recommended several restaurants, but the first one we tried takes reservations only on the weekends so they suggested Centro. We were seated promptly at a banquette table for 2. Very comfy. Our server was terrific....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank susyqb
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Love this place, and come here every time I am in Des Moines. Pizza is good, as well as the onion rings. Variety of great Italian food on the menu. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jrwade6
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We've eaten here before, and on our recent visit we thought the food was not as good as it used to be. Wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. There are numerous new and exciting restaurants in the city center, and they are giving Centro...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank brucef231
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Centro is wonderful in all ways! The food is excellent, service attentive and atmosphere delightful. The Mama Meatballs are very large portion, and can be shared. The brussel sprouts are also a share plate and cooked with flavor and firmness. Sitting outside under the roof...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jill98672
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Particularly liked the bloody Mary bar. Had a wonderful selection of things to add. You also could have lunch or breakfast with a variety of selections. Helpful staff. Very nice and quiet atmosphere.

Date of visit: May 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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Response from 784tamiw | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
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