Drago Centro Coupons and Deals
Relatively speaking, Drago Centro is an old-timer in Downtown’s ever-expanding scene, but the restaurant is the youngest child in Chef Celestino Drago’s tight knit family of L.A. restaurants. Call it traditional Italian in a modern setting—the trattoria functions as both a neighborhood fixture and the kind of spot where date number four takes place. A floor-to-ceiling glass wine cube and abstract mural align it with the slick urban setting, but the familiarity of Italian comfort foods keeps it approachable. Arrive early enough to have a cocktail in the open lounge with a fire pit and comfy couches, where an upscale after-work crowd can be found in the early evening. Among the appetizers, there’s a show-stealer to be found in the creamy, tangy burrata studded with slivers of endive and droplets of verdant green pesto that tastes of spring. Familiar Italian-American favorites lurk among the list of pasta dishes, including a perfectly composed lasagna Bolognese with béchamel sauce, served bubbling hot in a small cast iron skillet. You’ll find some new favorites as well, like the pheasant pappardelle swimming in a rich umami gravy, and if you can manage the secondi piatti treasures await, like a delicate branzino filet alongside a brawny mix of gnocchi and fava beans. The dessert menu profiles the usual suspects, so perhaps keep it simple with an affogato—you may not have room for much more.
When it comes to authentic Italian cooking, the conversation starts and ends with the four simple ingredients -- flour, eggs, salt, and olive oil -- that form the base of any pasta recipe. Get a lesson in the fundamentals of fresh noodles from the Los Angeles dining scene's resident maestro with this offer: $69 ($140 value) for admission to a pasta-making demo event. After arriving at the restaurant and being greeted by the Drago Centro staff, you'll watch as head chef and owner Celestino Drago demonstrates step-by-step how to create fresh egg dough and roll it into a variety of pastas. Additional demonstrations will cover everything from crafting custom pizza to cheesemaking to slicing charcuterie. Enjoy samples from the Italian-style seafood bar, wash it down with housemade sangria or coffee, and top off your afternoon with a stop at the ice cream stand. You'll leave with a full belly and armed with the newfound knowledge that simple ingredients are the secret to great Italian cooking.