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 meal was overall very good and the atmosphere very nice but unfortunately we became sick during the night after eating something which was not very fresh apparently. Disappointing as the place is worth a visit
Loved everything aside from dessert. I thought it was average. But I would definitely go back. I loved everything else
It was my friends birthday. We sat by window. It was a tad chilly but other than that it was great. We had a fish dish and a pasta dish. For appetizer we had tuna crudo and the blood orange and grapefruit and pomegranate salad. Delicious!
What an incredible find in downtown DC. The ambiance was perfect and our server was one of the best we have ever had! Excellent wine list, although a little pricey. The Triangoli entree was one of the most incredible epicurean experiences we have ever had. The pasta is made from scratch, on site, and the filling of butternut squash and ricotta was full of flavor and literally melted in your mouth! Amaretto based crunch sprinkled on top provided an excellent texture counterpoint that accentuated this dish in an incredibly good way! The salmon entree was perfect! The chef paid attention to a scallop allergy one of us has and and pan seared the fish to avoid any issues; a thoughtful and caring gesture that we have not experienced before. You will not go wrong with an evening here!
This restaurant is a "sleeper." It is a small place with a bar and an open kitchen plus a market that sells Italian delicacies. Ah, but the food it serves is delicious and reasonably priced (not cheap but not extravagant).
My partner and I started with drinks: a Negroni for me (Centrolina does a version of this drink that is less bitter than the typical Negroni). My partner had a Grey Goose Martini.
We thenI split a Caesar salad (which is large) and an octopus appetizer (which is small - unfortunately). I had the Branzino as my entree, which was moist and tasty, while she had the Guinea Hen, which tasted much like chicken but had a more smooth and slight "gamey" flavor. Both dishes were marvelous.
I had a glass of the Chardonnay from Sicily, which had little oak and was more pleasurable than most California Chardonnays. I urge everyone to try this wine.
My partner had a glass of the Argyle Pinot Noir from Oregon, which was offered as a specialty.
The bill was under $200 with tax (before tip). Not bad for a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.
Their dishes are not bad but lack creativity. The branzino was great but one good dish cannot carry an average menu.
We received excellent service from Bridget. The pastas were simply delicious!
The pasta was absolutely amazing with larger portions. Our waitress was very attentive to my allergies, and she ensured that I still had a delicious meal despite being unable to eat cheese in an Italian restaurant.
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.
What a find! Casual and an excellent value. The food and the service were outstanding. Homemade pasta dishes were fantastic , especially the gnocchi - little pillows of love. The panna cotta we had for dessert was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
Strongly recommend stopping in on the market side before leaving. Bought some of their veal ragu and cooked up just as well at home.
We had a great experience! Delicious cuisine; upscale but cozy venue.
Always amazing. Great food, the nicest staff, a flavorful experience in every way.
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.