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Jun 26, 2010 04:58 PM

Drago Centro?

How's the: tasting menu? cocktails? noise?


Drago Centro
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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  1. 1. No idea. 2. Strong and professionally made. 3. Surprisingly comfortable.

    Went about 4 months ago maybe. Nice space, great service, tasty food. Music Center crowd. Felt very grown-up. Recommend.

    1. went once a couple of months back, trying to get back again. Decor a bit sterile but food and drinks were great. Low noise, not a "clubby" place. Would recommend it.

      1. 1. didn't do the tasting menu, look up exilekiss' review for a thorough evaluation of it though.

        2. Cocktails are superb.

        3. Noise is very low, meaning we had a long pleasant conversation at or below a normal speaking voice. sort of a susserant murmer in the background, and the restaurant was quite full, the space is enormous so the noise spreads out rather than piling up.

        try the pheasant pappardalle with morels, it's brilliant. The carpaccio was superb--simple and precisely balanced excellence in flavor and texture.

        1. I've been twice, food and service are extremely good.

          Noise level varied on each occasion. The first dinner res was before they instituted a happy hour and it was eerily quiet. The second (only last month) was a pre-theater res at 6:00 - and WOW, the noise that filtered from the bar was horrendous. When we left at about 7:30, it had quieted down somewhat.

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          1. re: toitoi

            I know there's a 30% BlackboardEats coupon out there, didn't take it, so I'm uncertain when it expires.

            If you have it, I definitely would go with the tasting menu.

          2. I have eaten here a number of times and I disagree that one shouldn't have the tasting menu. It's usually a pretty good deal and more reasonable portion sizes. I prefer to eat Italian in at least three courses, which is tough a la carte depending on your companion(s)

            Lastly, noise does depend on where you sit. Closer to, or in the bar near happy hour can be quite loud. The main dining room otherwise is pleasant, although the music selection is sometimes suspect.

            Secondly, the cocktails are competent but nothing special, especially considering the new "coctail culture" and outstanding bars downtown.

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            1. re: cls

              Where did anyone say don't have the tasting menu?

              At the 6pm res, we sat far from the bar, and yes, the music leaves a lot to be desired.

              1. re: cls

                With the quality of food as good as it is at Drago Centro, why would you need some very special cocktail? Good wine, good food and forget the cocktails would be my motto.
                Nothing worse than gin, vodka, scotch, bourbon or tequila to ruin a good Italian meal.

                Drago Centro
                525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                1. re: cls

                  I find the music pleasantly quirky and eclectic. Not the typical sort of muzak one gets so often.