Centro

Centro

Italian Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Pizza Place$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolSeptember 5
    Been here 10+ times
    A formidable New Yorker with mozzarella, Mama’s meatballs, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, and red sauce.
  • 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 😄
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BishopMarch 11, 2014
    If you are asking yourself if you should try the Tomato, Basil & Tortellini soup, the answer is YES!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Christina T.
    Christina TellesSeptember 11, 2011
    as an out-of-town vegetarian, veggie burger is thumbs up! Great bar scene with vintage poster art.
  • Amber P.
    Amber PowellJanuary 30, 2012
    Very, very good! First time trying salmon, and they did not let me down! Will definitely go again.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 1
    Good food and a great experience from start to finish. Excellent desserts too.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaMarch 29, 2013
    Chicken Saltimbocca! The Marsala wine sauce give it a very particular, good touch.
  • Marcela E.
    Marcela EstradaAugust 26, 2013
    Rain water martini. Light, crisp, and delicious! Husband likes the Moscow mule.
  • Lila S.
    Lila StarrSeptember 26
    Outdoor seating, wine selection, brussel sprout appetizer is great
  • Jason H.
    Jason HubbarttJuly 17, 2011
    The breakfast bloody art bar is awesome! Get bacon in your drink! Word to ur motha
  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnDecember 24, 2015
    chicken and prosciutto pasta is great, i love the onion rings.
  • 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.
  • Tony T.
    Tony TandeskiMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch is amazing! Get there early and order the wild mushroom frittata.
  • 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.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuncanMay 12, 2014
    Mondays: pizza and peroni 🍺🍕... Do it 😄
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitMarch 19, 2012
    Best restaurant .. Great staff..wine menu on iPad
  • Warren L.
    -Homeless guy walked in & solicited us while eating-Server didn't seem to want to answer basic questions about menu-Not fresh, no flavor
  • 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!
  • Brock B.
    Brock BAugust 27, 2011
    The cavatelli is fantastic. Might be the best in town.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DonovanJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Mondays, half price Peroni's beer and pizza
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanAugust 12, 2011
    Their tomato, basil and tortellini soup is remarkably good!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ted M.
    Ted McOctober 14
    One of or possibly the best calzone I ever had.
  • 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!
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RockwellApril 13, 2011
    Try the Centro salad or the kill bill tenderloin! Dynamite!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CaamañoNovember 14, 2014
    Awesome place.. Good food
  • 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
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