A cozy Italian inspired restaurant established in 2009 in the heart of Riverwest. We’re very passionate about our food; our menu changes seasonally and features a wide range of Italian inspired dishes, including pasta, seafood, salads, and unique pizzas. We’re well known for our gluten free and vegan options, nearly every pasta dish and every pizza is available gluten free. Our food is super fresh and we use local ingredients whenever possible. We also offer a fantastic dessert menu for the cherry on top of your experience. Our exclusively Italian wine list offers rich and varied selections from small producers and family vineyards. Our seasonally changing drink list includes creative Amari cocktails and a rotating selection of beers from Wisconsin micro-breweries. Our bustling open kitchen, centered in the dining room provides an enticing glow. Our intimate and well-lit atmosphere is inviting and offers a comforting experience for all. Additionally, the bar, lounge, patio, and sidewalk each offer distinct dining experiences. Come stop on by!
On our first restaurant dinner since 2020, this was an exceptional experience. Our waiter was wonderful, as was the food and conscientious atmosphere. THANK YOU for making this such a great experience! Can’t wait to return and check out the new outdoor courtyard dining space.
You will not be disappointed! It was a safe, delicious meal. Thank you.
One of the best spots in MKE! Service always in point and food is out of this world!
I tried the Carbonara because I've never had it. My friends said, get it, you'll love it. I just thought it was kind of bland. Maybe because of the duck bacon? I guess it is usually made with prosciutto? Sort of like the difference between turkey bacon and pork bacon. It was good, but I would never order it again.
One of my favorite spots. Great food and staff. So glad they are back with full service
Wonderful birthday celebration. The food was amazing. Perfect night out during Covid.
Cozy and delicious.
Excellent food, wine selection and service!
The food and service were excellent. We sat in the patio outside, which is nice.
Best restaurant EVER!!!
Great dinner & dessert! Can’t wait to come back!
The new back patio is lovely. The staff is doing an excellent job with safety and service. Food was delicious. Nice to be back.
We dined in the garden patio and enjoyed the lovely setting. The food was excellent and the service was attentive. Overall, a very nice experience. We look forward to our next visit.
The rear outdoor patio is a great addition! We are so glad we could return to your great food in this beautiful outdoor setting. Our service was top-notch as always. Thank you as well for the gluten free variations to your entrees. See you again very soon!
The new terraced backyard is a lovely setting. The food was excellent-loved the unique flavors and textures of the gnudi.
Great to be back after the shut down. They did a fantastic job of making us feel safe the entire evening. Hoping to be back again soon
The food was delicious but not hot enough. All four of our dinners were warm but not hot. The service was good, but he left my finished food bowl on the table in front of me after he had cleared everything else and asked if I wanted a box. I said no, but the bowl sat there. Not good. Overall, we all enjoyed our experience at Centro, and the back patio is lovely.
We truly loved our meal on the back patio. Our salads were huge, fresh and tasty. The carbonara was delicious. The prima verde was quite good although very mild in flavor. Great service and wine too.
Thanks for a great birthday meal!
We were extremely happy To be able to make a reservation as we have wanted to try it but really wanted a reservation. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the back patio. The Cesar salad was delicious. The scampi was lackluster very little flavor. The Bolognese was very good. Our server was pleasant. Overall good experience with outdoor dining.
My lower score for service is not related to our actual server. It’s due to the amount of responsibilities the server has is too great and unrealistic which is not the servers fault. We sat in the back patio (multiple times) The server has to run in and out to of the building to service you. Also only server out back. Server also servers your food and then take away your dirty dishes and check you out when ready. This is impossible with all the tables full in back. There should be “bus person” to assist with some duties. We have seen this on multiple occasions. We enjoy the food so much, we just plan on spending extra time then a usual sit down meal service time. We tipped our waiter Very well each occasion because he’s doing his best to be the “one all” server.
The food was delicious especially enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli and chocolate cake. Server was professional friendly and attentive. The heaters gave off a strong odor Was the only drawback to an otherwise exceptional experience in a quaint backyard setting.
So glad to finally check out the back patio. Absolutely wonderful. We love Centro! Giving overall an 8. Megan was friendly and as attentitive as she could be. She deserves much credit, however, she was the only server for the patio, and more? Our dining was over the 90 min because she was very busy, including busing tables.
Food was pretty good, as far as flavor goes all the pasta dishes were pretty good, but when my gnocchi got to the table it was cold... I didn’t bother saying anything because the service was so slow that it wasn’t worth it. Went with a group of friends and they were very accommodating with a party of 5, but I probably wouldn’t go back.
Ceasar salad was delish but the gnocchi with pesto was gluey.
Server a bit unsure of himself but should improve with more experience