By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman & Drago Centro)
There is an exciting restaurant in downtown Los Angeles a restaurant that offers the pleasures of their tantalizing flavors and the rich, bold taste of their wines.
Dining can be entertaining with every bite.
Drago Centro’s exceptionally large restaurant extends from their dining rooms to the romantic flaming fire pits outside and moves to a section by the mega-fountain in the courtyard. Los Angeles nights are perfect for al fresco dining.
Choose from any of these dining settings for the Drago Centro experience while the cuisine speaks for itself.
Spencer Cruse, Beverage Director/ Sommelier, explained the Drago concept, “We use the best possible ingredients. We take advantage of having our fresh fruit and vegetables delivered daily from the local Farmer’s Market.”
Finding interesting dishes was not difficult. The I’insalata di mele (salad) was filled with the crunch of candied walnuts, the crispy house-smoked bacon and slices of the naturally sweeter pink lady apples. What a great combination!
La Zuppa, roasted tomato soup, offered an interesting taste treat because of the extra steps of roasting the tomatoes for a full flavor combined with parmesan bread crumbs.
A healthy entrée from the seafood menu, the 10 ounce portion of salmon sat on the vegetable caponata, orzo and basil zucchini pesto. The Sicilian caponata was an interesting way of adding vegetables along with the rice-shaped orzo pasta and zucchini pesto. This medley of flavors complimented the salmon.
Their menu offered pages of pastas, antipasti, entrees, pizzas, desserts and even a five course tasting dinner selection with wine pairing.
Usually guests could not eat five courses at one sitting yet in this way with the tasting menu’s smaller portions they have the opportunity to taste an albacore tuna salad, the seafood delicacy cuttlefish, the luxurious Italian carbonara pasta, duck breast, and dessert.
While dining, guests appreciate that the restaurant is designed with wall-to-wall windows granting the guests exceptional views.
As the Drago Centro Restaurant described, “The design, developed by Stanley Felderman, of Felderman Keatinge & Associates in collaboration with Celestino Drago, incorporates the rich experience of Celestino’s Italy into the modern urban setting of downtown Los Angeles. The space was inspired by the urban design of the Rialto Bridge and adjacent market place in Venice and the colors were inspired by the artists, Giorgio de Chirico and Giorgio Morandi.”
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm; Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5 pm-10 pm; Happy Hour at the Bar: 11 am-close;
For information, call (213)-228-8998. Drago Centro is located at 525 South Flower Street, downtown Los Angeles. Drago is hidden inside the City National Bank building, yet well worth finding.