Jun 30, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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About Drago Centro
A grand, sparkling nest of skyscrapers rises up with noir-ish romance around Celestino Drago's downtown jewel that outshines even his other Italian dazzlers---Drago, Il Pastaio, Enoteca Drago---giving City National Plaza's former bank a magical reincarnation and the Eastside its first serious Italian restaurant. Drago and partner-general manager Matteo Ferdinandi pull together a first-rate Italian menu, professional service and a compelling wine program anchored by rare Italian bottles balanced with a landscape of moderate, lesser-known regional delights. There are more than a dozen selections available by the glass. The restaurant's sleek Milan-inspired modern décor of broad windows, gleaming glass wine tower, black Murano lamps and bold post-modernist art conjures a lively atmosphere capturing the high energy of downtown's politico heavies, business elite and high-end arts crowd. Modern Italian dishes are a balance of refined and rustic, beautifully presented. Blood oranges add a touch of sweetness to the baby octopus salad. Handmade pastas include the signature dish of roast pheasant pappardelle with morels, and various obscure regional specialties starring seasonal items like smoked pig's jowl. The bone-in rib-eye for two is carved tableside and accompanied by garlic polenta, zucchini pesto and cipollini onions. End your meal with an order of bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) with strawberries, mascarpone crème and basil gelato.
Celestino Drago’s “Downtown oasis of excellence” “has it all”, offering a menu of “tremendous pastas” and other “scrumptious” Italian fare served by an “attentive” staff that “makes you feel special” amid a “spectacular”, “sleek” space (some “can’t believe it used to be a bank”); that said, it’s “expensive”, so “let’s hope the boss is picking up the tab.”
I have a Blackboard Eats Passcode good for 30% off @ Drago Centro. Unfortunately, it is only good for 4 people maximum. If there is someone else with another passcode, then we can set up another table. Parking directions are available on their website below. Free parking up to 3 hours with validation. Make sure that you park in the garage underneath the restaurant. Don't park in the garage across the street.
A $10 deposit, which is processed through Amazon Payments, holds your seat. Deposits will be refunded electronically after the Meetup to those who attend or who cancel at least 24 hours in advance by our organizer, Christina. Forfeited deposits will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. If you cancel for any of the events after the 24-hour deadline or don't show, then you will be removed from the group by our organizer.