Located inside Bank of America’s old high-rise buildling, this downtown eatery serves California-influenced Italian cuisine. Modeled after an urban area in Venice, Drago Centro favors clean lines with architectural touches, including floor-to-ceiling windows, stone walls, and a 15-foot, glass enclosed wine tower that houses wines from Italy, France, and California. Chef and owner Celestino Drago crafts antipasti like roasted butternut squash soup and crispy sweet bread with gnocchi, while pasta ranges from pappardelle with roasted pheasant and morel mushrooms to orecchiette with chicken sausage.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Ed Kenney and David Caldiero, the duo behind the hipster hangout <strong>Town</strong>, opened this neo-Med café inside the Hawai’i State Art Museum last year. It’s become the de facto canteen for power brokers and the artsy set.
We loved: Seared duck breast with kabocha squash and kumquat chutney; Manila clams in saffron broth.
Insider tip: The panini-salad combo from the ASAP! take-out counter is the best quick-food deal in town.