“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...

Iowa is a hub of great Italian food, but hidden in the small Fayette County city of Oelwein might be one of the state’s best-hidden gems. Not only does Leo’s Italian Restaurant serve up huge portions at reasonable prices, but it’s also been dishing up its famous fare since 1922. As it celebrates its centennial, this three-generation family-owned le...

If you're craving good Italian food, look no further than the brand-new Mio Russo Sicilian Bar + Table in Bettendorf. Mio Russo opened on March 18. I visited them today for a lunch break, and this is the pepperoni with sausage in New York style and just look at it, so flavorful. Even if you don't live near Bettendorf, it's worth the journey.    

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...

What were thousands of enemy soldiers doing in Iowa from 1943 to 1946? Find out at the Humanities Iowa program at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Le Grand Pioneer Heritage Library. Chad W. Timm, an Associate Professor of Education at Simpson College, will present “Working with the Enemy: German, Italian and Japanese Prisoners of War in Iowa during the...

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 deadline for scholarship (unless otherwise noted) is February 15, 2022. All requirements for a given scholarship must be met or the application will not be considered. All scholarship materials and completed applications must be submitted to iawofiowa@gmail.com or mailed to Italian American Women of Iowa - PO BOX 21116 Des Moines, IA 50312 by F...

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...

Ciao from Rome!   Dear Friends, another difficult year comes to an end. Twelve months ago we hoped that by this December we would be out of the pandemic, but that is not yet the case. It's been a tough year, something has improved but we're not out of the woods yet. We can only protect ourselves and hope that in twelve months this nightmare will be...