Which Des Moines restaurants are considered the best?
Proof Executive Chef and owner Sean Wilson talks about his inspiration and why he doesn't miss the east coast restaurant scene.
Just in time for a post-Fourth of July burst of patriotism, Full-Service Restaurants magazine took a look at the best restaurants in all 50 state capitals. Two gems in Des Moines made the cut.
First up, Centro, the Italian restaurant from George Formaro with Derek Eidson helming the kitchen.
“One of seven concepts in the Orchestrate Hospitality group, this upscale urban Italian eatery is located in a restored Masonic temple that dates to 1911,” the magazine wrote.
Centro opened in 2002 and now sports annual sales of more than $2 million. Lunch averages about $15 per person and dinner around $40 per person.
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Proof, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant from Sean Wilson that opened in 2010, also made the list with annual sales estimated at less than $1 million.
“Three times a semifinalist for James Beard Best Chef: Midwest, Sean Wilson blends Old World charm with locally sourced ingredients to deliver a superior dining experience,” the article reads.
Checks average $30 to $50 per person.
"The Top 100 Indies are helping to grow capital cities into culinary destinations,” the magazine wrote.
The magazine considered food, beverage and hospitality as well as community engagement and giving back to the industry. Only independent restaurants made the list.