Centro Cocina Mexicana
Featured: Inside Sacramento – Midtown-Sutter
Regional Mexican cooking inspired by recipes, ingredients and styles rarely found in a Sacramento restaurant have made Centro Cocina Mexicana a festive Midtown jewel for more than two decades. Paragary Restaurant Group executive chef Kurt Spataro, whose attention to detail and insistence on authenticity have established his legacy as one of Sacramento’s most respected chefs, spent months observing kitchens in Mexico’s coastal towns and inland cities to prepare the original Centro Cocina Mexicana menu. Repeat journeys have brought new menu items, all faithful to their original geography. Centro’s renditions of ceviche de pescado and empanadas, along with tacos, burritos, grilled meats, shrimp and mole, have created a generation of devotees. Centro’s colorful atmosphere boasts a constellation of metal star lanterns dangling from the exposed wooden ceiling, decorative crosses and vessels, a vintage motorcycle floating above a window, and touches of pink and blue on the walls. The full-service bar features more than 300 brands of tequila, cold Mexican draft beer and everything in between.