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Bar Centrale
    • ADDRESS:
      135 Yanping Lu,
      near Wuding Lu
      延平路135号, 近武定路
    • BOOK:
    • PHONE:
      6205 1068
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Changping Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 10am-12am
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted, WeChat, Alipay
    • WEB:
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Oct 2016
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Bustling, buzzing neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar from the same people behind Gemma. It's designed to evoke the main eatery in every Italian train station (hence the name). It's affordable, directly underneath a coworking spot and right at the intersection of the ever-popular Wuding/Yanping Lu, so it's pretty popular with everything from students to business-types. They have a ridiculously popular pizza night on Sundays.
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      The Beef: When I first starting writing SmartReviews, this was the first restaurant I wanted to write about. But I didn’t, because I knew I would be too biased. If I were to call myself a regular at any restaurant in Shanghai, this would be it (I don’t even live in the neighborhood. But I do know plenty of hoodrats who treat it like their own back kitchen).

      Why? This place feels like home. The staff is welcoming, food is authentic (in a good way), drinks are solid, prices are affordable, and most importantly, people here are fun. The food is reliable - you know what you’re going to get. Their pizza is made in the giant brick oven out back. It's thinner- still dough-y and chewy but you still get a crispy crust. You can taste the difference in the freshness of the ingredients. Aperol spritzes here are made with love. You seriously can’t go wrong here.

      The Gang: Plenty of good lookin’ people. You can come here in your workout gear or dressed up in your best LBD, you’ll still fit right in. I would come here for a date, I would come here with a group of friends. Oh, and of course, then there’s the Italians. That’s how you know this place is authentic…and “fair with the prices”. Eh! Baci a tutti!

      The Motive: So many! Aperitivo. Aperol Spritzes. Buy one get one Sunday pizza night. 50RMB all burratas on Thurs nights. 40RMB all pastas on Wed nights. 1kg Tomahawk steak deal on Mon nights. Just to stop in and say hi to Jerry, the friendliest bartender in town. Aperol Spritzes. (As the Chinese say, important things must be said three times!)

      The Damage: Beers and cocktails around 40RMB. Small bites starting from 38RMB, 12” Pizzas from 75RMB. Dinner and drinks for two around 200-250RMB.

      The Down n’ Dirty: Decent, clean. No fuss, no muss.

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    • As a big fan of the Popolo group in Shanghai, I knew I’d be in for a good meal at Bar Centrale. While Gemma is still my favorite choice in the group for Italian, Bar Centrale caters to a more casual crowd with affordable prices and accessible food. I went for the Spinach Pasta (RMB 78), while my friend opted for the Vesuvio Pizza (RMB 90). We also got two orders of Fried Emmental Balls (RMB 48) because we are greedy people who love cheese above all else, but we both conceded that one order probably would have been adequate. I regret nothing.

      Aside from our elation regarding the fried balls of cheese, the pizza was a hit with my friend. It was everything you could want in a pizza and hit the spot. All ingredients are fresh from Italy, and you can see the wood fire grill from the main restaurant. The spinach pasta was also tasty, but I do feel like it is something I could make at home. Worse, it’s something I would make at home. And I hate cooking with a firey passion of a thousand burning suns. So, overall, good, but I wouldn’t order it again. There wasn’t anything special about it. Simple can be a good thing, but in Shanghai, flavors need to pop for a restaurant to be remembered.

      Overall, I’ll certainly be back for dinner to meet some friends soon. The food was warming, the atmosphere lively, and I enjoyed it. Bar Centrale is where you go when you’re in the need for something aesthetically pleasing but comfortable.

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    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Giant Carpaccio Tuesdays

      New deal at Bar Centrale, where they offer a big carpaccio for 88rmb every Tuesday. They're also serving a giant veal vitelli tomato to share for 158rmb.
      • Dining | Bar Centrale | Tuesdays until May 29 2019
      • 2017-12-12 Finished
    • Wine Fair

      The last Sunday of every month, all Popolo locations slashes the prices on wine for take-away purchases. Trade prices on lots of bottles. See the flyer for the wine list. Runs 12pm to 8pm.
    • Double Trouble

      Big pizza night every Sunday night at Bar Centrale. Pizza is buy-one-get-one-free every Sunday from 5pm. This is a popular one. Expect a crowd rounding out their weekend.
    • Wuding Lu Block Party II

      All of the best bars on Wuding Lu come together for an unforgettable Block Party. 200rmb gets you total of eight free drinks, choosing from 10 different bars on Wuding Lu including Bar Centrale, Bites and Brews, Barbarian, Funka Del Sur,...
      • Community | Bar Centrale | on Sat Oct 20 2018
      • 2018-10-20 Finished
    • Lunch

      Jing'an favorite Bar Centrale hosts a weekday lunch deal -- Italian panini with soda or coffee for 68rmb. See the flyer below for menu details. Available Monday to Friday.
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