As with the Coffee Mill, I’d recently popped in to Caffe Centro on espresso business, and found their coffee rather poor. I liked the look of the place, though, so made a mental note to pay it a visit.
I was joined today by Kim, who had quested at Scran and Scallie, most recently.
We found the place very busy, which Kim told me was no uncommon thing. We were promptly brought menus, which proved extensive, as is often the case with Italian places.
From it, Kim chose a smoked salmon open sandwich, while I opted for stracciatella to start, followed by some rigatoni in a creamy gorgonzola sauce.
My soup arrived looking quite neat. It proved to be rather good, with a lovely clear, well-seasoned broth. The stracciatelle (“little shreds”) were a little too inelegantly clumped together, though. It tasted good, but wasn’t quite right.
Kim’s sandwich arrived, as requested, at the same time as my pasta. It looked pretty tasty. My pasta was a solidly good effort, too, with a nicely prepared creamy sauce, with good tang from the cheese and saltiness from chunky bacon pieces.
I didn’t fancy playing with their coffee, again, so we popped over the road to Papii, instead.
So overall, I quite enjoyed Caffe Centro. It offered a solidly good lunch, in smart surroundings. Service was typically warm and friendly, throughout. I didn’t think their food was outstanding, and there are many better Italian options in the city, but I’d be happy to pop back in the future.
Blythe scores Caffe Centro
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s quester were: Kim, Blythe
We ate: stracciatella, smoked salmon croque, blue cheese rigatoni
We drank: sparkly water
We wore: smart grey dress, brown suit
Total bill: c.£22