The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway. The Centrolina bakery offers a daily changing array of biscotti, crostata and cakes in addition to locally made bread from Bread Furst and a full service Barista bar featuring Vigilante coffee.
What Insiders Are Saying
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
The food was delicious! We ordered paste and dessert, the meal was exceptional and the service was so good. SCOTT WAS INCREDIBLE! Would definitely come again. 10/10 would recommend.
We arrived on Valentine's Day for dinner, and we were seated promptly--a plus on a very busy evening. Unfortunately, we were seated in what appeared to be Siberia: an unattractive side dining room that was chilly and far away from the celebratory atmosphere in the main dining room. Positive: the space was quiet enough to have a conversation. Seating in the main room was cheek-by-jowl: so close that conversations at adjacent tables would have been distracting. Otherwise, every course in the dinner was enjoyable; the wine list was interesting; and the service (by Sherman) was attentive and helpful (making up for placement in Siberia). Would definitely return--but perhaps make a note that we preferred seating elsewhere in the house.
Excellent service. Really enjoyed the food. Relaxed, polished.
Excellent fresh grilled fish and vegetables. I appreciated the server and the kitchen's kindness in dealing with my troublesome food allergies. Wonderful music.
Super friendly staff and great food
A brashly lit and uninviting room that suffers from an identity crisis of what it wants to be.
Food was absolutely amazing. Only place I've been to recently where the food really tasted like it's supposed to and all the flavor nuances came through. Top notch.
Brianna was terrific as always. Made great recommendations. The chef turned out an excellent verde salad and the duck breast was amazing. Hostess was gracious and got me seated right away even though the place was packed.
Delicious lunch as always. The salad of winter citrus was tart and sweet and refreshing. And the homemade pasta is always delicious. Service is so friendly.
Centrolina under the leadership of Chef Amy Brandwein continues to amaze. Delicious evening with rabbit pappardelle as an appetizer, so flavorful and delightful mouthfeel on the noodles. Followed by branzino and porchetta (separate dishes), simply delicious. Opted for cookies for desert, a great choice and fantastic flavors. Super good restaurant among the best in DC!
I have eaten here before and it was always good but unfortunately this time everything was bad. They were understaffed so the service was terrible. My first course was delicious then it took 30 minutes for my gluten-free pasta to come which was in edible. They very nicely took it off the bill and I would go back again but that might be the last time ...
The food in Centrolina stand out. It is fresh, creative, authentic. The atmosphere is market/kitchen-like which lends to noisy. The seats are really crowded. We sat in the small ante room and hence were out of our server's view and had to wait often to be served. The food however is excellent. The crispy ravioli are amazing, the lamb was superb. The wine list is way too extravagant and they need to carry a wider range of the wonderful small producers wines of Italy, in the $35 - $60 range. Overall it is a lovely restaurant and I will be back to buy the sausage in the market space but it was overall too expensive for a weeknight outing.
Had a truly outstanding lunch at Centrolina. Excellent food and really great service, would highly recommend!
Great food, great server, fun atmosphere! Great wine selection. No complaints!
The food was superb, not one off note. And the service was impeccable. Very attentive but not overbearing. We stuck to the lower end of the wine list $50-65 and the somm helped us find a very decent cuvee in that range. Overall, top marks for this place and will be back.
First time dining at Centrolina after hearing about it through the strong WAPO reviews. Service was very good to excellent and octopus appetizer displayed the kind of creativity that the restaurant is supposedly known for. Gnocchi was good but not particularly noteworthy and the lamb chop was overdone, tough and chewy. Loved the DC City Center location and restaurant had great energy and feel. Overall good but not great, and especially for the investment - with wine, not a great value, but maybe worth trying again. Maybe next time, stick more to the pasta's that Centrolina is more well known for.
I really enjoy Centrolina. Everything was EXCELLENT as usual!!!
Truly one of DC's best Italian and best restaurants overall! The food and service is always interesting, perfectly prepared and the service and ambiance are wonderful. Can't get enough of Centrolina!
First off, wonderful service! The mushroom pasta was impressive. I ordered the fish of the day (scallops) which was simply prepared- the accompanying vegetables were great but unfortunately the scallops tasted artificially and extremely charred. Definitely a bummer - but I’m sure if you stick to the more complicated fish dishes always on the menu you’d have better luck. Will definitely be back (but order differently)
The food was superb and our waiter was simply amazing -- attentive, knowledgeable and charming.
Loved it! Pasta is amazing!
This was our first time at Centrolina and of the four dishes we had only two were above average. Too much of their dishes appear to be "how different can we be from the mainstream" without consideration for the taste. The service was very attentive and we enjoyed Artie. Most wines by the glass were extremely expensive but maybe they are very focused on expense account meals.
One of the best Italian inspired restaurants in DC currently. Situated in lively City Center shops next to Hermes and LV. Great seafood and pasta options. Perfect for lunch or dinner. The market next the the restaurant is also full of great options to go including fresh seafood, produce and bakery.
It was absolutely amazing
Great service, fabulous wine list and yes- delicious food. I was able to have interesting tasty vegetarian app, entre (and dessert-ha!). The restaurant week menu was a bargain.
Centrolina consistently has the best food and service and has easily become our favorite restaurant in the area.
We love the cooking at Centrolina. Ingredients are fresh and used with imagination. Service is gracious.
Loud, crowded, and a rude hostess who made faces at patrons, to boot. Won't be going back again.
Enjoyed their restaurant week menu, particularly the variety of SALSICCIA appetizer (grilled lamb sausage), the GUANCE (braised pork cheek, polenta, fried parsnip, orange peel) and BUDINO (winter citrus, mascarpone sorbetto, basil, pizzelle). Each course complimented the other courses. The ITALIAN DERBY (four roses bourbon, campari, grapefruit, brown sugar) was a wonderful cocktail.
Fabulous pasta as always and a fresh, tart arugula salad to start.
Amy is a rock star. Her food just gets better and better as does her restaurant as a whole. From the moment we walked in the staff was excellent. I can’t wait to go back for more citrus salad, pasta and duck confit!
The Edgar did a fantastic job. Verde salad and the ribeye were excellent.
Very good restaurant in modern setting. Great for friends and groups. As it is in an open space less romantic than some other more intimate Italian restaurants.
Wonderful meal at the bar. Jon/John the bartender was great, provided good guidance. Bianca pasta was terrific. The antipasti was terrific. Try the blood red orange antipasti.
Desserts were a perfect finish.
Ravioli was excellent. Oysters & Filet Mignon were disappointing. Possibly the toughest steak I’ve ever had.
Delicious! We loved the gnocchi.
Outstanding meal, the pastas are unbelievable, and the vegan in our group was feed well too.