CityCenterDC diners will have another option as of June 1, when Centrolina opens to the public. The Italian market/restaurant concept from chef Amy Brandwein will initially debut for lunch in the osteria, and shopping in the mercato; dinner service will follow.
The market portion will begin to roll out first, beginning on Tuesday, May 26. Though small, it’ll be the closest the mixed-use development has to a grocery. Shoppers can stop in for pantry items like dried pastas and olive oils, cheeses and salumi, fresh local produce, seafood, and meats. Brandwein also plans for ready-made items like pasta sauces, as well as grab-and-go breakfast pastries, paninis at lunch, a coffee bar, and fried-to-order bomboloni (Italian doughnuts). The adjoining restaurant will serve a concise menu of antipasti, pastas, and wood-roasted dishes such as whole branzino with market vegetables or oregano-garlic chicken.
Reservations are currently being taken for lunch in the osteria for those who want a first taste. Otherwise stop by the mercato beginning at 8 AM on the 26th.