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Centro Restaurant

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Sat., 23/2

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 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.
USD 10 - USD 30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Italian, American
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped in Monday 2/18 for lunch . Great food excellent wait staff. Very relaxing but I should have taken less time as I received a $15.00 parking ticket.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Dan W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

From the hostess to waitress, the staff was great. The food was incredible... i recommend the spicy sausage pasta dish. And if you go before 6:00, they have $5 martinis!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank CTTraveler1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

How authentic is a question, but the food is mostly Italian, mostly good fare, that could be called tasty. We were a family group of 6. We ordered Bruschetta, Cobb Salad, Wood Grilled Flank, Veggie Burger, Chicken Parmesan. All of us were satisfied with the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank audie_boy
Reviewed 1 week ago

After hearing many great things about Centro (chen-tro) I finally made it. I went for half price pizza night and for the price it was a good idea, One person could easily spend 25$ on their own meal. The pizzas were simple, but yet very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank bsav237
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in town for business and stopped in for lunch this week. I got there for a late lunch and they were very accommodating to still give me lunch pricing which was greatly appreciated. I had the chicken chopped salad and the tomato basil soup...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 1WingNow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have a food allergy and they are always awesome about helping me and finding food that tastes great and that I can eat.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Linda G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat here often and have yet to have a bad meal. The Sunday Brunch is fun and hassle free. You are allowed to be casual, yet receive superb service and varied well cooked and presented menu items. This is a go to spot when...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 874kathies
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

The Centro Calzone is a must. Local Grazianos Bros delicious as always and perfect paired with Centro’s tangy marinara sauce.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dwpfeffer
Reviewed 8 December 2018

food was very good, the service was great, Some menu items are a bit pricey....the steak medallions were $40 and you only received 2. the wine selection was good. the environment is casual fancy.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 859kellig
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Went with a large group. They handled it. Wait staff well-trained and pleasant. Food creative and well-prepared. Tasty.

Date of visit: November 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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