My co-worker Mylan Schroder and I ventured to Ireton Tuesday, Feb. 5, to check out the lunch menu at Ireton’s newest Main Street business — Trattoria Buon Gusto, an Italian restaurant. Let me tell you, it was absolutely wonderful. We were immediately welcomed and seated in a booth. Mind you, it is 11:45 a.m. and Mylan and I are not a couple, but th...

The Italian restaurants of Des Moines are unique to our city. Many are tied directly to Des Moines' community of descendants of Italian immigrants, passed down through generations of the same family who keep things consistent throughout the years. Considered prized culinary landmarks and institutions of Des Moines Italian food, these eateries serve...

Lord Midas, the upscale Italian clothing store in downtown Des Moines, is now an outlet store. Owner Massimiliano Stanco will continue to offer men’s clothing, shoes and accessories at the store, but at a 50 to 70 percent discount. The store will be receiving discounted and out-of-season items from Stanco's Palm Beach, Florida, shop and from items...

Gianna Hadjis loved getting Italian beef sandwiches with her dad. It’s a memory her father Adam Hadjis cherishes. Gianna was just 4-years-old when she died in Chicago after an accident with a falling television in 2012. “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life,” Hadjis said. “After she died, there was this big void in me...

Pizza is delicious. But free pizza is divine. And Pagliai’s Pizza in Johnston wants to celebrate their family's 61-year legacy with free pizza by honoring their Northern Italian grandparents, Nonno and Nonna Pagliai. Pagliai’s will give away a free pizza per week through Thanksgiving. Hungry diners who visit Pagliai’s Pizza at 5312 Merle Hay Road i...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is proclaiming Monday as the state's inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day — a trend that's growing nationwide in acknowledgement of Native Americans, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Human Rights.  Typically, the second Monday of October has celebrated Columbus Day. However, critics say Columbus Day holida...

An Italian restaurant that closed in October 2016 is making a comeback almost two years later. It will be serving its most popular dishes in a new location at 6611 University Avenue Windsor Heights. Blue Tomato Kitchen, formerly located at 860 1st St., West Des Moines, is being given new life in the 50-seat space that once housed Saison Kitchen + B...

Portillo's officials announced Thursday it will open a Davenport restaurant in 2019.  The fast-casual restaurant chain, known for Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef, unveiled more plans for a restaurant, complete with a design rendering with a "Welcome to Davenportillo's" sign. It'll be the company's first Iowa location, located across from Co...

I've driven past the nondescript commercial building at 8421 University Blvd. in Clive hundreds of times before noticing the Italian flags flanking A Taste of Italy there.  Having a special place in my stomach for Italian meats, I knew I needed to put the Italian grocery and deli on my list for lunch — and I'm so glad I did. The small deli counter...

Des Moines knows how to put on a quality festival. Look no further than the successful Des Moines Arts Festival, 80/35 Music Festival and the Iowa State Fair, among others. Last year, Des Moines was recognized for its achievement by earning the World Festival & Event City Award, given by the International Festivals and Events Association. The ninth...