Centro

4.3
439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fiamma is a full service authentic Italian Restaurant featuring the first truly authentic Neapolitan Wood burning pizza oven in Monroe county. With an all natural flame our oven maintains an internal temperature of 1000 degrees cooking the pizza in 45 seconds leaving it with a truly unique taste and texture. The rest of our menu is reflective of traditional southern italian dishes native to the Campania region. With diverse ingredients and seasonal fruits and vegetables we strive to offer only the freshest available seasonal dishes. As the seasons change so will our menu.

The small, quaint dining room was designed to resemble an old fashioned Italian osteria. Rich with wood and other earth elements Fiamma is a warm inviting atmosphere. The Italian countryside was inspiration for both the menu and the dining space. While at Fiamma you will be greeted with a smile, and treated like family.
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New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we were very pleased with Centro. The food was excellent, our server (John) is becoming our regular and he always does a great job explaining the specials and making recommendations. By far our favorite Italian place to dine at when we get into town. Just love the blood orange margaritas!

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L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Fiamma Centro. Great food, great ambiance, great staff, great service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We went to use a gift card we had been given. Drinks were awesome. Caprese salad was delicious and a large portion which was nice. My husband had the rigatoni and really enjoyed it. I had the San Daniele pizza which had yummy flavors and fresh ingredients, but the middle of the pizza was a bit soggy. Overall though we enjoyed our meal here.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food! Is a little loud on the 2nd floor, but is worth it!

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KI
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As more people arrived at the restaurant it became difficult to hear conversations.
Other than the sound level, the overall experience food, wait staff and location was great.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So glad I peeked around the corner....found such a creative menu and great service

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a combination of warmth, human energy and the most wonderful food.

NO ONE made sure that every item in the restaurant from tables and chairs to artwork and paint colors worked seamlessly to create a perfectly designed interior. THEY DO NOT. And this lack of effort to make everything so tightly designed, this eclectic thrown together style, is what has enabled Fiamma to be warm and cozy, eclectic, inviting and all about the amazing food. It's like your favorite chair in front of the fireplace on a cold night with a really good Scotch. When you're there, you don't want to leave.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful little place. Plenty of outdoor seating! Food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful. The service was great. I will go back!!

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H
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was out first time at Fiamma Centro. It was recommended by a friend. We thought the place was great. It has a cute almost old farmhouse feel - in the middle of the city. We started with cocktails that were well-made and delicious. For an appetizer we went with a charcuterie platter and were really happy with it. The ingredients were all fresh and delicious and it came with warm seasoned focaccia bread. A lot of places do these types of platters - few do it better. We will back for a spot at the bar for some wine and another charcuterie platter when we are looking for a light bite.

Our meals were outstanding. The veal chop parmigiana was fantastic - pounded tender with great flavor. My wife had one of the pasta dishes and was very happy with it. Our server was excellent and a good resource in terms of advice on what to order. The only downside really is that it is quite loud - even as the crowd started to disperse. All in all - a wonderful experience.

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p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fiamma Centro is our favorite restaurant for authentic Italian food in Rochester. Their Insalata di Casa is my new favorite salad, a perfect combination and so fresh. I believe I uttered “I want to eat this every day for the rest of my life” while enjoying it. The waitstaff is attentive and the vibe is trendy yet laid back. Great for a date, family dinner or larger groups.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unimpressed all around with our experience this time with Fiamma. To be fair, we were there a couple years ago and it was much better, so maybe it was just an off night. Dining area was very loud and hot. Server didn’t have a good grasp of the menu or specials, and the food didn’t meet expectations. All in all, it was rather disappointing and I doubt I would return.

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GC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We went here for a birthday dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated quickly and water was brought. The waiter finally came over about 10 minutes later. He listed the specials and when we asked what the entree specials were again, we were told, "I just told you." We tried to order an appetizer before we had made a decision on an entree and were told that we had to order all together. We finally ordered and I ordered a glass of wine. After another 15 minutes, a basket of bread was plopped on the table. We looked around and realized that there was a bottle of oil to eat it with. Still waiting for glass of wine. The appetizer came 35 minutes later and was very good. Finally cancelled glass of wine to which the waiter responded "Oh, it didn't come?" Dinner entrees finally after another 30 minutes. At this point, we were tired of being there, tired of the noise, tired of waiting. The food was decent but the service was terrible. I will not be going back. Our last interaction with the waiter was awkward as he told my date whom he had made quite a rude comment to earlier in the evening, that he thought he was cute if it made him feel any better. This was obviously an attempt to up his tip. Thanks for a very unpleasant evening Weston the waiter.

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EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful! I have been here many times and would go back again

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W
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very helpful! The food was delicious. And a great environment to celebrate a graduation with family and friends.

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A nice twist on the Italian restaurant theme. Some creative menu items. Everything tasted great. Nice two-level layout. Cool vibe!

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JJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING! The food was delicious. The bartender was great. Our server, John was fantastic. Made for an all around great night!

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Space is really cool and rustic although makes the restaurant a little too noisy. Great flatbread pizzas, absolutely not flexibility with the menu which was a bit frustrating. Our waiter was pretty much disinterested in providing a good experience which definitely detracted from the evening.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food!

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AQ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

From the greeter who said she gave our table away (we were five minutes early and there were empty tables in view) so it might be an hour wait, to the waiter who had to be asked for silverware, napkins, water, the sauce mentioned on the menu for the fish (“we’re out), “). to a coffee refill (no refills), we each decided that we would never go back. Two people declined to bring home their leftovers because the food was so bad. One guest said it was the worst restaurant meal he had ever eaten. And it was fairly expensive. No thanks. Go elsewhere.

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CD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our meals were very good and our server, John was excellent. The pasta was tremendous and the seafood entree was very good.

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Despite making a reservation via OpenTable, we waited an extra 30mins before ours was ready, despite there being several tables for us to sit at.

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IL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Despite having reservations, we waited 25’ to be seated, even though half the place was empty. Once we got seated, our waiter was cold at best, once he realized we’re not ordering alcohol. The servers were flat out rude. The food was mediocre with very high variance. Some of us really liked theirs, the others hated it. Mine was just ok, which is not justified based on the price. The desserts were decent, but felt store bought.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ate here in September 2018, and everything was fabulous; food and service. His time we found the food adequate, but not equal to what we had last fall. The mussels were cold and the cauliflower béchamel a bit watery. The meatballs were good. Our server was attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my dates and mines first dinner date. We both liked it so much and couldn’t stop talking about it also. The service was so wonderful. The manager was very nice also. We will definitely come back.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

7:30 reservations, hostess station is in the entrance with no place for patrons to stand. Seated at 8 in the bar area, indicated in reservation it was a special anniversary. Bar and Kitchen were both over whelmed, they were overbooked and under managed.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from Naples, Italy. Centro’s pizza is like the pizza I can have in Naples. Wonderful experience.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was a little noisy by the time we left but we went on a Thursday right at 5 and it worked out well. I would definitely recommend. The pizza was phenomenal!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The hostess was so incredibly rude and unprofessional. She sat us at 8:50 for a 7:45 reservation... in AN EMTPY ROOM, without an I’m sorry or explanation instead she continued to argue with me saying our reservation was moved to 8:15... which still wouldn’t make sense why we were being seated so late. Needless to say the service and food did not make up for the awful hostess. If you are looking for a nice, relaxing night out, this is not the place for you... it will be a waste of your time and money.

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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent great service and food.

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WS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. One of our faves!

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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our entire dining experience was pleasant. The ambiance is casual upscale and very comfortable. The food was good. The food is overpriced, but so are most of the dinners at the restaurants we frequent and not unlike many other comparable restaurants. The attached parking lot is always a plus in Rochester!!

I rarely write a review, but I want to share our one complaint. We had stopped for drinks prior to our 8:30 dinner reservations. We were seated promptly at 8:30. The atmosphere was welcoming. We asked our server for the wine list and said we would like to order an appetizer. We were told we couldn't order an appetizer until we put our full order in. We wanted to take time to look at the menu since it was our first time at Centro, but we also had not had anything to eat all evening. We asked again why we couldn't quickly order an appetizer while we looked at the menu. The server told us the kitchen did not allow her to place an appetizer order without ordering the entire dinner. Because we were so famished, we quickly shot out an order so we could get something to eat. The vibe from the server was that she wanted us to order and get the check. This was my husbands birthday dinner and it wasn't an evening I wanted to feel like we were rushed.

We have eaten an many restaurants across the country and we have never been told we couldn't order an appetizer while we enjoyed our wine and leisurely looked at the menu. This is absolutely unheard of.
This may not be an issue to some, but it ruined our experience that evening so I wanted to share. I don't mind spending $120 for dinner, but it should be a relaxing meal, a dining experience!

Centro is a place we enjoyed, but this is definitely something that would stop us from returning.

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JP
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been there before and we keep going back. That says everything. Tried most everything on menu and never have been disappointed ever.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was ok this visit. The owner having to approve any menu changes was rather odd. Our server had to ask permission to make our pizza without cheese, and to see if we could add peas or cannellini beans to our pasta. We were "allowed" to get a side of beans for $8.95. Yes, I said $8.95. Pretty sure I won't be going back.

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NL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my Mom’s birthday with dinner here. Our first time — the food was incredible. Highly recommend trying a pizza either as an entree or as an appetizer as we did.

Our only feedback is dessert — would recommend skipping it entirely.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived and the host was talking on a cordless phone. He walked away from the desk and came back twice, but he never even acknowledged us. Even when on the phone, he could have looked at us and smiled or motioned “just one second”.
We sat - it took 5-7 minutes for the server to come to our table for a drink order. There were 8 other tables in the restaurant at 7pm, but it cleared out as we sat, so it was not busy. We couldn’t decide what we wanted for entrees but wanted to place an appetizer order. The server told us no, that we had to place our entire order at once and could not order apps to start. What? Never heard of such a thing. What if we ordered our entrees, THEN decided to add an appetizer or side. Would we be told no? Ridiculous. We had to ask for bread. My pizza was burnt on the bottom but I didn’t feel like sending back as I was hungry. Took a while to get our check. Took a while to cash out. We felt like we were a nuisance to our server. I’ve been in the the hospitality industry for 25 years....service can make up for a lot. I did not feel welcome from the time I walked in the door. I won’t be back.

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cooking seemed heavy handed. My pasta was floating in oil.
Thought it was rather pricey for the quality.
Our waiter was excellent though.
I love the building.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The pizza was fabulous! We had eggplant with zucchini for our appetizer and it was delicious. Our main course was pasta cauliflower with a cream sauce. Slightly chilly but very tasty. Service was somewhat slow. The host that greeted us was a bit snippy but it was difficult to hear in the bar area. Overall the best Italian food in Rochester.

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. We shared a appetizer of pizza points which was unique and delicious. I had the homemade fettuccine with clam sauce which was the best I ever had. I ate the leftovers for breakfast because I couldn’t wait for lunch! Everyone else loved their food as well. Really cool old building with great atmosphere. Waiter was good and attentive but forgot to bring us bread, which we didn’t realize until the end when he asked us if I wanted more bread to soak up my clam sauce.

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