The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is excited to announce that we have recently received a $25,000 Betterment Grant from Polk County! Thanks to this grant, we are able to further our mission by continuing down our path to a securing a new facility. We are using this grant to purchase much needed appliances – an oven, refrigerator and free...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will hold the 22nd annual St. Joseph Altar celebration on March 18th and 19th. Doors will open at 5:00 pm on March 18, with a Lenten meal served at 5:30 pm. The children will present the traditional “tupa tupa” (knocking) pageant, followed by the blessing of the altar. The feast of St. Joseph, patron of...

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...

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...

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...

Live music, Italian food and a traditional horse parade are among the highlights when the 22nd annual Italian Feast of SS. Crocifisso takes place this weekend on the grounds of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Vespers at Marian Chapel, the event runs Saturday night and Sunday at 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaine...

Bill and Pam Valentino have moved their Italian restaurant, Billy Vee’s, from Panora to West Des Moines. The couple opened Dec. 8 in an old house on Fifth Street in Valley Junction that formerly housed Tres Amigos Mexican Restaurant. Billy Vee’s seats about 60 in five dining rooms on the main floor of the house, said Pam Valentino. The menu include...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will be continuing their annual fundraising dinner with An Evening in Sicily to be held at the Embassy Club downtown Des Moines on November 9, 2017. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is divided into nine provinces. The region of Sicily, which has even earned the nickname “God’s Ki...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is focusing on the regions of Veneto and Sicily this year. For the last eight years, the cultural hall at the festival educates people on different regions by foods, clothing, and crafts. A few chefs will be cooking up foods from both Veneto and Sicily, so people can experience the different tastes. Ex...