After seeing a whirlwind of three different restaurants come and go over the course of a year, the space at 214 W. Roosevelt has a brand-new concept and new owners.
Centurion opened on First Friday in the space that previously housed chef Leonard Jay's name-shifting operation (Vinery 214, Bambino Bistro, LaBella Bistro).
Chef Eric Osburn and his mother, Leaann Osburn, are co-owners of the Italian-inspired lunch and dinner spot.
The menu is surprisingly broad for such a tiny space. Starters include cheeses and charcuterie, salads (such as heirloom tomato salad with microgreens, lemon, and sea salt), pastas, brick oven pizza, and four kinds of risotto, from white truffle to shiitake spinach.
Also look for "moules et pan" with unlimited homemade bread -- the mussels are available in seven different preparations (Provencal, Thai coconut, moules moutard, Greek, spicy tomato chile, Portuguese, and moules marinieres).
For lunch, there are Italian panini and wood-fired burgers, while dinner brings upscale entrees like herb-crusted rack of lamb with cheddar basil waffle, financiere sauce, and a side of manchego and chorizo risotto.
Takeout is also available. Centurion, 214 W. Roosevelt, is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinner is available from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call 602-687-8796 for more information.