Motorists traveling along Highway 60 by Carnes could be forgiven for scratching their heads upon encountering, in the shadow of a towering grain elevator, a warmly lit pizzeria. Strung up outside are glowing patio lights and, on weekend evenings, the parking area is full of vehicles. Sfumato Pizzeria celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend, an...

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...

Oelwein Italian American Heritage Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at Red Gate Park. Organizers Teresa Pirillo Buckman and Anthony Ricchio report this year’s day is being scaled down due to conflicts in schedules and a smaller group to draw from. “There are lots of things going on among the local families this year and it’s difficult to get p...

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...

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...