Drago Centro is the latest fine-dining local to embrace a casual hook for luring more customers. The Downtown restaurant is rolling out a new quick-service lunch option with workers in mind, on the heels of takeout lunches offered by Chaya, Katsuya, and Bond St. Calling it their "Eat & Run" lunch, Drago has crafted a three-course prix-fixe for $25 that promises a lavish spread served in about thirty minutes. The menus will change with the seasons and include a salad course, an entrée of one of the chef's most popular dishes (like braised oxtail with polenta), and a dessert.
In addition to the prix-fixe, Drago's chef de cuisine Ian Gresik has helped add new and lighter dishes to the menu, endowing it with some easy options that might reflect the family-friendly restaurant Drago is bringing to O.C. The restaurant now offers thin-crust pizzas and smaller portions of Drago classics, with new dishes like a seared scallop salad, a turkey, bacon, and gorgonzola salad, and a forest mushroom and béchamel pizza. There are also now smaller, less expensive versions of some of Drago's pasta classics like his roasted pheasant and morel parpadelle, and i garganelli with pork sausage and parmesan. Lunch is available at Drago Centro from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on weekdays only. 213.228.8998.