Centro – Menu 2017

In recent years, I’ve been contemplating our shared culinary history: the restaurants where our grandparents spent their Saturday nights, the foods they shared with friends and family and the recipes they passed from generation to generation. All these things helped build our dining scene into what it is today.

With the recent passing of my mother, I started to reflect on all the people that helped shape the hearts and hands of today’s cooks and chefs. To honor their memories and their contributions, Centro Executive Chef Derek Eidson and I are focusing on some of the most treasured dishes from a few of Des Moines’ Italian-American families for Restaurant Week 2017. It has been a joy reconnecting with each family in compiling this menu – we hope you enjoy this taste of Des Moines’ culinary history!

– Chef George Formaro

Lunch (choice of)

Terry’s Special: Sausage patty, peppers, onion, tomato sauce, mozzarella, hoagie (Chuck and Linda Bisignano / Chucks)

Italian Salad: Tomato, onion, fresh banana peppers, basil, oregano, black pepper (Lucretia Marie Tumea / Tumea and Sons)

Sausage, Potato, Peppers and Onions: with red sauce (Imaculata Graziano / Graziano Brothers)


Served with Scornovacca’s Pepperoni Bread (Vacco family) and South Union Bakery Foccacia (Formaro family)

First (choice of)
Zucchini Fritters (Abbie Polito / La Pizza House)

Italian Beef Stuffed Peppers (Lou Ann Lemmo / Cafe di Scala)

Second (choice of)
Pasta alla Norma: Rigatoni, eggplant, tomato, basil, chili flake, ricotta salata, bread crumb (Gina Formaro / Centro)

Noah’s Favorite Pasta: Rigatoni, boiled egg, garlic, parsley, butter, Parmesan (Noah Lacona / Noah’s ark)

Third (choice of)

Beef Braciole (Rosina Baratta / Something Italian)

Chicken alla Maria (Maria Talerico / Vic’s Tally Ho, Sam and Gabe’s)

Pepper Steak (Ralph Compiano / Rocky’s Steak House)

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