by Brad Horton ’15

Bar Cento
1948 West 25th Street

Price: $-$$$$ ($5-$28 dollars)
4 out of 5 paws

Bar Cento is a hybrid of a modern bar and Italian restaurant.

The interior in very dark and in tune with the popular style of old artistic materials remade in a new style. There is a lot of space inside the establishment due to the fact that it is attached to the Bier Markt on the inside. Located on West 25th, this restaurant is among many other eateries in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

The service was very good, with the waiter attending to my needs before I even made a request.

The menu focuses on adding unusual ingredients to classic dishes. My appetizer, for instance, was a smoked pear salad. The name may sound a little off putting, but this salad was amazing. The smoky and sweet combination of the pears was a perfect addition to the arugula lettuce, red onion, walnut, and percorino.

To top this masterful salad was a tangy oregano vinaigrette. The main course was a reknowned Bar Cento pizza: Sunnyside. This pizza is formed on thin crispy crust with house made pancetta, provolone cheese, and Blue Loon Farm eggs. Finally it is sprinkled with black pepper. Again, it may seem odd to combine breakfast foods and pizza, but it turned out delicious. The breakfast foods perfectly combined with the pizza to make a great dish.

The atmosphere of the establishment also excentuates the hybrid theme. The bar eventually forms into a open kitchen that can be easily seen from the back of the restaurant.

Bar Cento may be a little unusual, but it certainly is a great restaurant.