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610.841.4016 // http://centroallentown.com
- Gluten Free
- Kid's Menu
- Vegan Options
- Outdoor Seating Area
- Full Bar
- Private Party Room
The arrival of restaurateur Josh Palmer to Allentown’s Center City fills a void that you may not have even known was there, but you’ll recognize it as soon as you take a bite of a signature Risotto Ball or handmade strand of fettuccine. Everything’s done a little differently and a little bigger at this Hamilton Street hangout, where expected dishes like calamari are upgraded into Frito Misto—a marvelous mound of calamari, octopus, and potatoes deep-fried to blissful golden morsels in olive oil. Effortlessly cosmopolitan and instantly comfortable, the hallmarks of Josh’s brand are evident at this urban daydream, stocked with a specialized wine list focused on smaller Italian producers and creative cocktails.
Did You Know? Stacks of firewood around the restaurant add a rustic vibe, but they’re also functional: they’re used to stoke the new wood oven that fires pies like the Franco, topped with sausage, ricotta, roasted peppers, and fennel fronds.
Insider Tip: Head to the romantic sun-dappled patio for al fresco dining at its finest, then stay for the outdoor summer music series.