The highly anticipated new City Center restaurant, CENTRO, has opened its doors to the public. Located at 530 Hamilton Street in Downtown Allentown, CENTRO offers inspired cuisine uniquely prepared and presented in a stylish and casual atmosphere. Their seasonal menu highlights both individual and share plates using local and sustainable foods to create rustic Italian fare, and include such mouthwatering items as Wagyu meatballs, made-on-site Pasta del Giorno and stone-fired pizzas. In addition, it would be almost a crime to not mention CENTRO’s phenomenal selection of traditional Italian desserts, including tiramisu, cannoli and the most unforgettable chocolate budino, a luscious dense pudding topped with pistachio gelato and biscotti crumbs.
“We offer predominantly northern Italian cuisine, consisting of simple dishes, with a seasonal menu,” says Adam Greiner, corporate director of food and beverage for Greenwood Hospitality, the restaurant’s operator. His personal favorite CENTRO dish is the burrata, a house specialty that consists of butternut squash eggplant caponata and arugula. Greiner hired Jessica Starr, who previously worked at Harrisburg’s upscale Bricco Restaurant, to lead the CENTRO culinary team as executive chef.
To accompany any meal, or available at the restaurant’s beautiful quartz bar, CENTRO features a rotation of imported Italian craft beer (both on draft and in the bottle), as well as cocktails created using fresh ingredients and putting spins on classic Italian aperitifs. To celebrate the grape, CENTRO has assembled more than 25 wines by the glass that are available in 2 sizes, including a nine-ounce meant for sharing.
The décor includes open lounge space with two gas fireplaces, dark tile flooring, old shutters suspended from the ceiling and a mural of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck from the 1953 film “Roman Holiday.” CENTRO also has a 45-seat seasonal patio and retractable glass doors that open to the sidewalk.
CENTRO is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. The menu falls into the middle-price range, with no item exceeding $20.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a game or concert at PPL Center, consider having dinner before the show at CENTRO. The restaurant is now taking reservations via telephone (610.841.4016) and OpenTable. Feel free to stop by for cocktails or a beverage from the bar afterwards, too.
More about the opening of CENTRO in the media:
- ‘Feel like family’ at Centro, The Morning Call, October 4, 2015