Marco’s Pizza, recently recognized as America’s favorite pizza company, is targeting the greater Des Moines area for growth. The company has announced plans to introduce 15 locations through strategic franchise partnerships. To drive development efforts in the market, Marco’s Pizza’s leadership team is hosting a town hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, J...

Representatives from Italian business and government joined state leaders in marking the beginning of operations for the Story County Wind Farm Wednesday. The farm is primarily run by Building Energy, a renewable power company based in Milan, Italy, in cooperation with Des Moines-based energy firm Optimum Renewables. The $58 million project include...

A & A Pagliai's Pizza in Iowa City was named as having the best pizza in the state of Iowa by USA TODAY College. The article, written by Lauren Kruchten of North Carolina State University, first appeared in Spoon University, an online food publication that curates its content from student food journalists. An Iowa City tradition, A & A Pagliai's pi...

On Des Moines’ south side, peppers grow as freely as turf grass. Italian-Americans here eat them like candy. They can and freeze them. They put them in sauce, on pizza or in eggs, fry them up with olive oil and potatoes, or even spread them on bread as an alternative to peanut butter. Among all the pepper love, a really good one stands out. An immi...

While many restaurants try to entice customers with the next new thing, I have to respect the timeless allure of Noah's Ark, an old school Italian-American eatery that's been slinging classic pasta and pizza for nearly 70 years.   The restaurant was started in 1946 by Noah Lacona, a man who wanted to introduce pizza to Des Moines. His busine...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is now accepting vendor applications for our 2013 festival to be held July 26-27, 2013 at the Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines.   Vendor applications will be accepted through April 15, 2013.   To be a part of this year's festival, please fill out the 2013 Vendor Application For...

I'm calling Luigi's Italian Restaurante a Des Moines underdog. And, in my book, it's already won a royal title: Move over and share the Italian throne Latin King and Baratta's. Luigi's is an underdog mostly because of location. It is adjacent to a mobile home park on one of the city's busiest streets.   A median forces south-bound...

Viva L'Italia: the Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26 in Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. The fifth annual event will run from 11:00 a.m. Friday until 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning and from Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.   This year's Viva L'Italia w...

by C. Acevedo Marino's is a mom-and-pop spaghetti joint with a solid command of old-fashioned Italian fare. In that respect, it earns three stars. But Marino's deserves five huge stars for its virtuoso dessert: the gorgeously luscious, worth-a-trip tiramisu.   Owners John and Ellen Marino moved the longtime restaurant earlier this year...

A very popular flip chart at our past festivals has been the Wedding Album Display. Some of the pictures in the large album date back to the early 1900′s and others are more recent. The first album is complete and we are now gathering photographs for a second album flip chart.