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Centro's Italian Grill - a review

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Centro's Italian Grill - a review

cuisinegirl | Apr 21, 2004 05:30 PM

My boss took our office staff there today for lunch. Surprisingly, our party of 12 were just about the only people there, with the exception of two women having lunch together. Although it was a beautiful Spring day with little humidity, there were no diners sitting at their outdoor tables either.

The lunch menu is rather small, offering several salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and a couple of fish entrees. I ordered one of the daily specials, Red Snapper served with grilled vegetables. Unfortunately, the snapper turned out somewhat dry and bland. The grilled vegetables were actually fried asparagus, squash and zucchini. The asparagus was hard and the squash slightly bitter. We all shared the bruschetta, portabello mushroom and sausage appetizers, which were just okay, nothing special. Nobody raved about their entrees, which is unusual for our crowd. Service was good, which it should have been since there were no other diners. Prices were comparable to other Bethesda restaurants of this type.

I heard Centro's caters to the "beautiful people" bar crowd. The way the restaurant is laid out, I can definitely see the attraction for the bar trade; however, you would probably have an impossible time carrying on a dinner conversation due to the noise and echoing quality of the room. I doubt I'll be back.

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