The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is pleased to host "An Evening In Turin" fundraising dinner to be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Embassy Club West. Dinner will be prepared by visiting chefs Antonio and Stefano Latini.   Together, the father/son team own Villa Somis and Nove Merli restaurants near Turin, the capita...

by Michael Morain   Well, it's "arrivederci" for Cafe di Scala. After 10 years, the popular Sherman Hill restaurant will serve its final course on New Year's Eve. But don't worry, diners: It will reopen Jan. 1 as Aposto, with the same team out front and back in the kitchen. Under owner Tony Lemmo and chef Phil Shires' new plan...

by Patt Johnson   Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman is adding an Italian eatery to his list of restaurants in the Des Moines metro. By year's end, Gerleman expects to open Jethroni Pepperoni, a casual Italian restaurant that will be located in the former Pizza Hut on Adventureland Drive in Altoona.   "There will be no barbecue at this...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is proud to announce that Franco Corso will headline this year's entertainment lineup, backed by a full 9-piece orchestra. With a voice that melts hearts and instills passion, Franco Corso, The Voice of Romance, is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone...

by Claudia Astarita   Italy magazine recently reported the fascinating story of Herb Eckhouse's prosciutto. It is a Made in the USA ham that is not even trying to rival the famous Parma and San Daniele, rather to take inspiration from them on how to create a business out of the huge availability of pigs in Iowa.   Everything started w...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will present the 4th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival on July 26th and 27th, 2013 in the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines, IA. The Festival will once again be awarding $3,000 in Artistic Scholarships to talented young artists or photographers of Italian descent residing in Iowa who w...

At times while fixing Lincoln Winebar's wood-fired pizza oven Friday, craftsman Stefano Ferrara climbed all the way through the oven's small door, his son supporting his feet so Ferrara could reach the back of the four-foot interior.   The Naples, Italy, craftsman is considered one of the best in the business, said Lincoln Winebar owner Jess...

By Kelly Schiro  The future where people can monitor the structural status of bridges, buildings and roads is coming to life through a collaborative research effort between professors at Iowa State and the University of Perugia in Italy. Using nanotechnology, the students and faculty working on the project are developing materials that s...

The Italian-American Heritage festival is taking place in Western Gateway Park. Attendees can enjoy Italian food, entertainment and live music. This year, a staple restaurant in the metro for 59 years, Mama Lacona's, won the award for best sauce after entering the competition for the first time. "I'm not at liberty to give any ingredients...

by Jean Caspers-Simmet Dennis Bollig, Dragotec USA president, reflected on the history of the business he and his wife, Darlene, grew on their farm. The Bolligs introduced the Drago GT corn head to the news media Nov. 10 at their rural Fenton location at the same time Olimac, the Italian company that manufactures the corn head, introduced it...