Des Moines, Iowa has a lot of great Italian restaurants – so many that people often call the area where they’re most commonly found the Hawkeye State’s Little Italy. You can find all the classics – chicken parmesan, lasagna, and of course pizza. But to find the best pizza in Iowa, you’ll want to go to a place that’s been dishing them out since 1945...

When: Thu, Jul 21, 2022, 6:00 PM CDT - Where: The Conservatory, 315 East 5th Street, #Suite 2, Des Moines, IA 50309 About this event Come & sit at our table and enjoy an Italian evening of Good Entertainment featuring vocalist Gina Gedler & comedian Willie Farrell, Good Food prepared by Christiani's Catering, Good Conversation with friends of the I...

“I went to Catholic school in Des Moines, and I guess my way of rebelling was to be a total snob about records,” said Good Morning Midnight frontman Charlie Cacciatore. “Some people are in debate and others play tennis, and me and my friends survived in that ecosystem by taking on that kind of identity. Every weekend, we all went to ZZZ Records and...

Italian American Women of Iowa (IAWI) celebrated La Festa della Donna Day with a gentle reminder that heritage is still important. The ladies of Italian American Women of Iowa (IAWI) hosted La Festa della Donna Day on Saturday March 5th from 12:00pm-2:00pm at A.H. Blank Golf Course. The celebration consisted of a luncheon designed around Italian fa...

It is amazing to wander around the United States and discover that in places where one would think there were no traces of our country, there is instead a community proud of its Italian roots, people who are committed to celebrating and representing Italy. In the American collective imagination, Iowa is one of the states farthest from the populated...

Italian American Women of Iowa (IAWI) is proud to announce the following have been nominated and elected to serve on the IAWI Board of Directors: President- Jennifer Caito-Ellingson, Vice President-Deb Pane, Secretary-Karly Prinds, Treasurer-Karen Scavo, Sgt of Arms-Gloria Stefani and Auditor-Theresa Russo Dyer. Installed in January 2021, the newes...

The iconic Butler Mansion on Fleur Dr in Des Moines IA, was built in 1934, in a style the architecture magazines called Streamlined Moderne, a late version of art deco that possibly had more of the practical and less panache. It was forward-looking per the wishes of Earl Butler, an engineer who had lived in the city about three decades, and his arc...

When you eat a sandwich at Mema’s Italian Grinders, it will smack you in all your senses. The restaurant’s namesake sandwich is a homemade, 7-inch hoagie that's packed with a half-pound mix of Italian sausage and ground beef, sealed in with smoked provolone. It’s weighty in the hand, and you’re instantly greeted with the smell of a secret spice ble...

Little Italy DSM is working to get a business district on the south side of Des Moines designated as "Little Italy" to help preserve the community's history. The area along the south bank of the Racoon River includes Southeast First Street and East Jackson Avenue. Little Italy DSM co-founder Jenifer Caito-Ellingson said the neighborhood is rich wit...

As Iowa temperatures climb, a traveling circus is on its way to offer a cooling respite. Setting the Cirque Italia apart is its unique big top, a tent housing a stage surrounded by a 35,000-gallon pool with fountains, and shimmering curtains of water reflecting various lighting effects to enhance the performances. Cirque Italia's Silver Water Circu...