New Lunch Menus Land at Drago Centro and Drago Ristorante

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There's no slowing chef Celestino Drago down. We recently learned he's adding Drago Osteria to the celebrity chef pizza triangle that we see forming in O.C. between David Myers' Pizzeria Ortica, a possible Mozza location, and Drago's forthcoming Drago Osteria. In the meantime, he is focused on fall at his Drago Ristorante in Santa Monica and Drago Centro in Downtown, offering new lunch menus for the season that take a rustic approach to his clean Italian cooking.

New dishes have been added Downtown at Centro with the help of chef de cuisine Ian Gresik, like braised veal cheeks with endive, parsnips, and almonds, plus house made smoked salmon accompanied with a cauliflower panna cotta and fennel, and a veal lasagna Bolognese. At the Santa Monica flagship, new plates feature spaghetti with fresh sardines, fennel, raisins, and pinenuts, plus semifreddo made with preserved kumquats for dessert.

Both restaurants are making use of the season's root vegetables, game meats, squash, fruit, and pumpkin, and Santa Monica suggests white truffles might be hiding somewhere too. Check out Drago Centro and Drago Ristorante's new lunch menus, below.

Drago Ristorante
2628 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
(310) 828-1585

Insalate e Antipasti

Insalata di Cose Buone 13
Chopped Salad, Balsamic Dressing
Add Chicken Breast or Shrimps 6

Insalata di Spinaci Pere e Pecorino 12
Baby Spinach, Pears, Pecorino Cheese and Candied Walnut

Panzanella 13
Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Olives and Bread

Primavera 9
Mixed Greens, Eggplant, Bell Peppers and Goat Cheese

Cesare 10
Caesar Salad with Baby Romaine Lettuce

Mista 7
Mixed Greens, Balsamic Dressing

Frutti di Mare Tiepidi 14
Warm Seafood, Citrus Dressing and Pickled Vegetables

Burrata 12
Creamy Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Olive Oil

Salumi Misti 15
Prosciutto, Salame, Mortadella, Gnocco Fritto

Paste e Risotti

Tortelloni di Zucca 16
Pumpkin Tortelloni, Creamy Butter Sage Sauce

Pappardelle al Sugo di Fagiano e Morelle 15
Pappardelle with Roasted Pheasant and Morel Mushrooms

Fettuccine alla Bolognese 13
Fettuccine in a Bolognese Style Meat Sauce

Rigatoni Mezze Maniche, Salsicce e Funghi Porcini 14
Short Rigatoni, Sausage and Porcini Mushrooms

Capelli DAngelo Pomodoro e Basilico 13
Angel Hair Pasta, Fresh Tomato, Basil and Garlic

Spaghetti al Cartoccio 18
Seafood Spaghetti, Light Garlic Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti con Sarde alla Siciliana 16
Fresh Sardines, Fennel, Raisins and Pine Nuts

Risotto con Funghi Porcini e Mascarpone 16
Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Mascarpone Cheese

Pappa al Pomodoro 7
Thick Tomato and Bread Soup

Minestra di Verdure 7
Minestrone Soup

Pesci e Carne

Pesce Spada con Caponata alla Siciliana 24
Lightly Breaded Sword Fish, Eggplant Caponata

Branzino in Guazzetto 24
Fillet of Sea Bass in a White Wine Broth, Spinach and Thyme

Petto di Pollo Farcito con Prosciutto e Formaggio 22
Pan Roasted Breast of Jidori Chicken, Prosciutto and Mushrooms

Scaloppine al Limone 22
Veal Scaloppine with White Wine and Lemon Sauce

Milanese di Vitella 22
Veal Milanese

Drago Centro
525 S. Flower Street Downtown, Los Angeles
Reservations at (213) 228-8998

antipasti
per cominciare to begin

la burrata 12
burrata, tomatoes, crostino

il salmone affumicato 12
smoked salmon, cauliflower panna cotta, fennel

il carpaccio di tonno 15
seared tuna, zucchini puree, squash blossom

la pancetta brasata 12
pork belly, farro, spinach, blueberries

il tagliere di affettati con gnocco fritto 15
house selection of charcuterie, gnocco modena style

la zuppa 9
roasted corn soup, bacon cream

le insalate
the salads

i pomodori 14
heirloom tomatoes, candied pine nuts, evoo sabayon

le verdure e lattughe novelle 12
assorted baby vegetables, young lettuces, white balsamic vinegar

le lattughe miste 9
mixed baby lettuces, shaved parmesan, red wine vinaigrette

le paste all uovo
fresh egg pasta

gli spaghetti alla chitarra con pesto alla trapanese 16
basil spaghetti, tomato-almond pesto

le pappardelle al fagiano 17
pappardelle, roasted pheasant, morel mushrooms

i cavatelli di ricotta e spinaci al ragu di capriolo e funghi 16
spinach ricotta cavatelli, venison, hedgehog mushrooms

i risotti
italian rice dish

il risotto ˆvialone nano˜ con pomodori e gorgonzola 16
risotto, cherry tomatoes, basil, gorgonzola

il risotto "vialone nano" ai gamberi 17
saffron risotto, seafood ragout, spot prawns

le paste di grano duro
hard durum wheat pasta

i paccheri 18
paccheri, spot prawns, puttanesca sauce

i garganelli 14
garganelli, pork sausage, parmesan, fennel seeds

i pizzoccheri della valtellina 16
buckwheat pizzoccheri, cabbage, potatoes, fontina, sage cream

le paste ripiene e al forno

filled and baked pasta

gli agnolotti 14
truffle ricotta agnolotti, shaved parmesan

la lasagna alla bolognese 16
veal bolognese lasagna, vegetable

secondi piatti

le insalate

the salads mains

insalata tritata 19
italian style chopped salad, turkey, bacon, gorgonzola

insalata di anatra 19
duck confit, dried cherries, candied walnuts, enoki mushrooms

insalata di salmone 23
scottish salmon, fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, pine nuts, basil pesto

la panzanella di bietole 17
market beets, focaccia croutons, baby spinach, goat cheese

insalate di gamberi e vegetali alla griglia 21
shrimp, grilled eggplant, zucchini, onions, shiitake mushrooms, olives

le pizze
the pizza

pizza margherita 13
mozzarella, tomato, basil pizza

pizza alle melanzane 14
eggplant, scarmoza, chili flake pizza

i pesci
fish

l ippoglosso 25
alaskan halibut, corn, squash, pancetta

il branzino 29
branzino, gnocchi, peppers, scallion purée

il tonno 26
seared albacore, tomato, spinach, balsamic

le carni
meat

l anatra 26
duck breast, peaches, arugula

il guanciale di vitella 25
braised veal cheeks, endive, parsnips, almonds

il pollo ruspante 24
crispy chicken, assorted beans, haricots verts