The Palm Beach Post
"Inside Centanni Italian restaurant you'll find a lengthy menu and an outdoor-indoor look with awnings and window treatments.
Italiano! Classics like spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmigiana adorn their lengthy menu. Starters like tomato bruschetta and fried calamari are available at a great price. Pasta dishes like spaghetti with meatballs and rigatoni with broccoli rabe and sausage are also part of the favorites.
It's quite cute inside. They went from an outdoor-indoor look with awnings and window treatments designed to make you think you were looking outside. There is plenty of seating - mostly table tops.
OUR FAVORITE FOOD
We started with the meatball bites, they had a nice flavor. I tried spaghetti with broccoli and garlic and my husband tried the veal marsala. Of the two, the veal was the winner. It was tender and well seasoned. The white Russian dessert was a nice ending to a nice meal.
REASON TO GO
Centanni has a local feel and a nice menu.”
“There's a little Italian restaurant in town. It's a little hard to find but worth seeking out.
Centanni has authentic Italian food, everything from chicken milanese arugula and zuppa de mussels to gelato and tiramisu for dessert. We went there and Jenny gave us great advice on what to order. We ate from a mountain of fried calamari and the marinara was as good as my mom's. Our entrees: veal francese and eggplant parmesan for my companion. The veal was tender and flavorful. But my highest praise is for the eggplant, I'm not a fan but this one was delicious: tender not bitter, pack with flavor and plenty of cheese. Maybe now I'm an eggplant fan. We split a cup of cappuccino chip gelato and a generous serving of tiramisu for dessert. Jenny kept our glasses filled and never let us wanting for anything. The place is spotless clean and everyone who works there made sure we left happy. We'll be back.”
"Veterinarian Marc Pinkwasser of Courtyard Animal Hospital worked up an appetite as Septembers celebrity shopper. To tempt his taste buds, Marc dined at Centanni.
Marc started his meal with a fried calamari appetizer. Other choices included seafood salad, pizza bread, shrimp bruschetta, baked clams, and cold or hot antipasto. Marc was delighted by the appetizer and enjoyed his salad as well.
As his entrees, Marc selected the baked meat lasagna. Fidel Alvarez, owner of the restaurant, created Marc's lunch.
Marc was overwhelmed by the size of his lasagna entree. He wasn't able to eat the entire portion. But hi did manage to find room for dessert. Marc devoured his serving of tiramisu, declaring the dessert one of the best he's ever had. The Alvarez family believes they have a recipe for success: We focus in fresh food and service.”
“Fidel Alvarez is living the American Dream. Although he has almost 20 years of restaurant experience, he hasn't always been in charge.
Alvarez, who now lives in Wellington, came to U.S. alone and settled with friends in New Jersey. He got his start in the restaurant business working as a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant in Englewood, New Jersey. He made his way up the restaurant ladder working in numerous restaurants as a busboy, waiter, salad server, and cook. When an Italian co-worker suggested to Alvarez that they start their own restaurant together, he jumped. The pair opened the original Centanni in North Arlington, New Jersey in 1999. The workload and New Jersey's cold prompted Alvarez to move with his wife and three sons to sunny Florida. After moving to Florida, the Centanni was opened again in Royal Palm Beach. Alvarez does most of the cooking at Centanni. He calls the restaurant an Italian Diner. I was working with Italians and I specialized in that menu, and that's what I know, Alvarez explained.”