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Centro Restaurant & Lounge

Like all great Italian cuisine, the food at Centro lets the ingredients do the talking.


1 W Exchange St., Providence | 401-228-6802
Business Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6:30am-11pm | Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Cusine: Italian | Atmosphere: Romantic | Price Range: $$$ | Alcohol: Full Bar | Outdoor Seating: No | Reservations: Yes | Kid Friendly: No | Parking: Valet, garage, street | Credit Cards Accepted: Yes | Delivery: No

Centro is a welcome return to the days when hotel dining was an experience that stood on its own. The restaurant boasts that it's "not afraid of excess", and you don't need to be a guest of the Omni Hotel to make it worth the trip. With its fresh, seasonal Italian cuisine and extensive wine list, Centro is a destination in its own right.

The menu is inspired by the regional cuisines of central Italy. And in the grand Italian tradition, nothing is pre-made: the pastas are handcrafted daily, everything is fired to order, and the desserts are made fresh in-house. Executive Chef Robert Harrison focuses on finding ingredients that are fresh and, whenever possible, local so that he can create a culinary experience that is exciting from the first bite to the last. He takes the time to learn from and connect with his providers, and that translates into food that is thoughtfully sourced and expertly prepared.

Like all great Italian cuisine, the food at Centro lets the ingredients do the talking, whether it's a simple and classic Bolognese sauce over rigatoni, or an exquisite Faroe Island Salmon pan seared with Beluga lentils, fava beans and prosciutto. It's food that's elevated, but not fussy or overly precious.

The service at Centro matches the effort that goes into the food, with a friendly, professional staff that aims to exceed your expectations. The lounge is an inviting and stylish place to enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail, and there is a private dining room available for your next function or special occasion. Stop into Centro for lunch or dinner, and see what you've been missing.

Can't-Miss Dish: Fettucine: combining the best of New England and Italy, with black squid ink pasta, Maine lobster chunks, and spicy arrabiata cherry tomato sauce.