Italian Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Pizza Place$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
94 Tips and reviews
  • Italian food
  • good for dates
  • pizza
  • fried ravioli
  • Bloody Mary bar
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  • Maddie M.
    Maddie M.July 21, 2013
    Absolutely my new favorite place! Gorgonzola burger is delicious and has the portobello fries on top (which are so good). Pizza crust is thin & crisp. And check out the Bloody Mary bar on Sundays!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightMay 30
    Been here 10+ times
    Centro's bar area has one of the best street views of Downtown Des Moines. My favorite dish is the hand-rolled Caviatelli. The Sunday morning Bloody Mary bar is also a can't miss.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CJanuary 27, 2012
    Adored by locals and famous visitors, Centro has been #1 on MetroMix's list of best restaurants in Des Moines. Start any delicious Italian dish with their deliciously unique Fried Ravioli.
  • Stacie M.
    Stacie MillerJune 1, 2015
    Their calzone is amazing .. Their breakfast if amazing an getting fresh bread with the oil is very good too 😄
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A formidable New Yorker with mozzarella, Mama’s meatballs, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, and red sauce.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Baked in a coal-fired brick oven, with that crispy, chewy, smoky crust, topped with lovely, melted, fresh mozzarella.
  • La-Tica W.
    La-Tica WatsonDecember 5, 2016
    Italian food is superb here! Excellent service and great for catching up with friends over a delicious meal!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 1, 2016
    Good food and a great experience from start to finish. Excellent desserts too.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SmithDecember 27, 2015
    Get the bone in pork chops. They are excellent and wonderful and the best! Trust me. Get the bone in pork chops.
  • Jarad B.
    Jarad BernsteinMay 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Who goes to an Italian restaurant to order a veggie burger? I do, because it's one of the best I've ever had. The coal-fired pizza is pretty amazing too.
  • Jarad B.
    Jarad BernsteinAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mascarpone stuffed French toast is amazing, and you will never find a better Bloody Mary bar anywhere (weekends only).
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitApril 24, 2012
    The prosecco is good it's sweet but dry like seven up. I personally love mascoto, although $30 is over priced for this bottle. But pair it with the cheese and meat platter and you're set.
  • Sean W.
    Sean WalshMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The marshmallow sundae is amazing! It's filled with ice cream, chocolate peanuts, brownie bites and a giant marshmallow on the top.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley Martin-LordFebruary 2, 2013
    Centro Steak was amazing! Swap out the broccoli for sautéed green beans. Trust me. The beans were fantastic!!
  • John P.
    John PembleMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Big portions. The meals are good however it's far from Des Moines finer dining. It is big and nice looking and a safe place to eat for those who aren't adventurous.
  • eryn o.
    eryn oMarch 3, 2012
    Ask to see the gluten-free menu! Server was helpful and noted GF on the ticket for CC issues. Good experience all around.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BishopMarch 11, 2014
    If you are asking yourself if you should try the Tomato, Basil & Tortellini soup, the answer is YES!
  • Stacey C.
    Stacey CloughDecember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Has an awesome lunch special! A salad and a "personal pizza" (enough for 2) for only $10.50.
  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnDecember 24, 2015
    chicken and prosciutto pasta is great, i love the onion rings.
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NattressFebruary 8, 2012
    Top of many best Des Moines restaurant lists. Everything I have had here is good, friends rave about their pizza.
  • Ben J. D.
    Ben J. DITZELJanuary 11, 2013
    Went here in 2007 with my best friend. We enjoyed the cuisine and the service. A nice little Des Moines jewel.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MitchellFebruary 26, 2013
    Quite possibly the best meal I have ever eaten......in Iowa. That said, I have eaten many many meals in Iowa. Gotta eat here!
  • Christina T.
    Christina TellesSeptember 11, 2011
    as an out-of-town vegetarian, veggie burger is thumbs up! Great bar scene with vintage poster art.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MartinApril 7, 2013
    Stuffed chicken is to die for. Add a vodka soda to the mix and you'll be head over heals with this Italian hot spot.
  • Amber P.
    Amber PowellJanuary 30, 2012
    Very, very good! First time trying salmon, and they did not let me down! Will definitely go again.
  • Ted M.
    Ted McOctober 14, 2016
    One of or possibly the best calzone I ever had.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineFebruary 29, 2012
    Centro’s Bloody Mary bar is reason enough to stop by the downtown spot for brunch. http://dmreg.co/weNg9z Read more
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaMarch 29, 2013
    Chicken Saltimbocca! The Marsala wine sauce give it a very particular, good touch.
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    George's pizza is great! The atmosphere was excellent as was the service. Such a great place in downtown Des Moines.
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela EstradaAugust 26, 2013
    Rain water martini. Light, crisp, and delicious! Husband likes the Moscow mule.
  • Lila S.
    Lila StarrSeptember 26, 2016
    Outdoor seating, wine selection, brussel sprout appetizer is great
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Everyone raves about this place. I found it good but not knock your socks off.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HubbarttJuly 17, 2011
    The breakfast bloody art bar is awesome! Get bacon in your drink! Word to ur motha
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitApril 24, 2012
    Bland platter to fill up 2 people. It acts expensive lacking zest. Cheese leaves something to be desired. Love Centro meat but this is lunch meat & grapes. Pair it with wine as a filling snack.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KinmanJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best deal is the small NY style 'za and salad combo.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorrowJune 1, 2013
    The Tofu Gnocchi and Tofu Scramble are dairy free.
  • Tony T.
    Tony TandeskiMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch is amazing! Get there early and order the wild mushroom frittata.
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitMarch 19, 2012
    Best restaurant .. Great staff..wine menu on iPad
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuncanMay 12, 2014
    Mondays: pizza and peroni 🍺🍕... Do it 😄
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AlessandraJuly 6, 2011
    try the green gnocchi, and check out the hot host (who happens to be the mayor) while you're there!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DonovanJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Mondays, half price Peroni's beer and pizza
  • Warren L.
    Warren LainJune 3, 2016
    -Homeless guy walked in & solicited us while eating-Server didn't seem to want to answer basic questions about menu-Not fresh, no flavor
  • Brock B.
    Brock BAugust 27, 2011
    The cavatelli is fantastic. Might be the best in town.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineSeptember 13, 2011
    Voted #1 in the Top 100 Restaurants in central Iowa. Read why the Italian restaurant tops the list: http://dmreg.com/khZNPe Read more
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanAugust 12, 2011
    Their tomato, basil and tortellini soup is remarkably good!
  • Josh D.
    Josh DammMarch 21, 2010
    The mussels are amazing and you"ve gotta at least try the sweetbreads - this is the best place in iowa.
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Voted the #1 restaurant in the Top 100 Restaurants. Read why the italian restaurant tops the list: http://dmreg.com/khZNPe Read more
  • Rob L.
    Rob LJanuary 16, 2013
    Sit at the bar, have some wine and watch Des Moines go by.
  • Heather
    HeatherMay 20, 2014
    A $5 Hendricks martini during happy hour--happy indeed!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CaamañoNovember 14, 2014
    Awesome place.. Good food
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RockwellApril 13, 2011
    Try the Centro salad or the kill bill tenderloin! Dynamite!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CaamañoNovember 14, 2014
    Gorgonzola burguer... With Caesar salad..
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SheelerDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Carmel Apple Tart with coffee or espresso. YUM
  • Dennis S.
    Dennis ShawOctober 30, 2013
    Loved the 3 cheese medallions
  • Erica A.
    Erica AMay 6, 2013
    The seasonal tortelloni special is delish!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TerrellAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Colleen is an amazing server, ask for her section!
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GraceNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Half-price 'zza and Peroni on Mondays!
  • Mayra d.
    Mayra de MunozSeptember 14, 2012
    Their steak sandwich is divine
  • Eric L.
    Eric LazzariApril 17, 2011
    Bruchetta and gnocci verde was awesome
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeOctober 24, 2010
    Pass on the tomato basil tortellini soup and veggie burger. Lots of food, but not a lot of taste. Cute place though.
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzJuly 27, 2015
    Pizza and sandwiches. The s'mores dessert is devine.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChristiansenJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Margarita pizza is phenomenal!!!!
  • Ethan H.
    Ethan HamiltonJanuary 22, 2011
    George's Marshmallow Sundae might be the best thing I've ever eaten.
  • Shawn
    ShawnMay 17, 2016
    Fresh daily specials
  • Shelby H.
    Shelby HerinkNovember 18, 2016
    Mista salad is fantastic!
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GriffinApril 23, 2012
    The veggie burger is great!
  • Chad T.
    Chad ThompsonDecember 16, 2016
    Even works for a quick dinner.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HoytFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, but I always seem to leave with a grill smell on my cloths.
  • Brook D.
    Brook DohenyMarch 10, 2015
    Sunday brunch great
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BordenFebruary 11, 2016
    Wonderful restaurant
  • Dale A.
    Dale AndresAugust 23, 2015
    Service and cuisine!!!!
  • amy s.
    amy sissonJanuary 16, 2012
    No corking fee on Sundays!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BrooksJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Bloody Mary bar at brunch is amazing
  • Mike R.
    Mike RemusJuly 12, 2012
    Black bean and corn soup...wonderful
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WilsonJuly 29, 2010
    Tried the fried ravioli. Very good. Service slow.
  • Dale S.
    Dale StarkApril 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch at Centro is divine! Try the French Toast!!!!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WalshJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great fried ravioli, with a delicious sauce.
  • Juhee W.
    Juhee WilliamsonOctober 3, 2010
    Bellini's awesome for Sunday brunch!
  • Your Downtown Gal
    Your Downtown GalSeptember 23, 2011
    Ask to sit on the patio.....lovely
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LewisJanuary 22, 2010
    Handmade gnocchi verde. thats all you need to know!
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RockwellAugust 8, 2011
    Kelli is the best server ever!
  • Amy
    AmyApril 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The pizza is amazing. Try the BBQ chicken.
  • Megan P.
    Megan PriceMarch 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pizza bianco!
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺March 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the lemon liquor on the drink menu!
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlberyDecember 18, 2011
    Centro is the new perimitoro
  • La-Tica W.
    La-Tica WatsonAugust 26, 2016
    Italian food
  • Dale S.
    Dale StarkJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    As the current Mayor of Centro, I'd like to personally recommend the fried raviolli!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BrooksApril 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The margherita pizza is super good.
  • Brittany M.
    Brittany MerharJuly 10, 2011
    Have a belini for brunch!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 29, 2010
    Try the fried egg sandwich
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  • Chris Z.
    Chris ZMay 21, 2014
    It's fine.
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HarrisonMarch 21, 2010
    Dale was right... fried ravioli was awesome!
  • Alejo C.
    Alejo CostaJuly 17, 2016
    El calzone es excelente. Hecho con ingredientes a elección y rapido
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