Zio Johno's is growing in more ways than one. The Italian restaurant plans to relocate this summer, implementing a model for the company to use in its national expansion. In Iowa City, the Italian restaurant will relocate from 953 S. Riverside Drive to the space on Highway 1 where Paul's Discount used to be. This new location will also operate as a...

Barilla, the 140-year-old Italian family-owned food company, celebrated expansion of its pasta plant and integrated durum mill located in Ames, Iowa. The company installed two additional processing and packaging lines, a rail-yard expansion and six new silos to store wheat. This expansion brings the facility's production capacity to 200,000 metric...

While "Gyros" is part of the name of this popular locally owned spot, located across the street from Central High School, Lendi's is so much more. It serves some of the best fast food in town at reasonable prices. The burgers are hand-patted, and the key word is "fresh" — hard to find in chain-restaurant land. Linda Goxhufi is the proud owner, cook...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is excited to announce that we have recently received a $25,000 Betterment Grant from Polk County! Thanks to this grant, we are able to further our mission by continuing down our path to a securing a new facility. We are using this grant to purchase much needed appliances – an oven, refrigerator and free...

Get your appetites ready for some free Chicago-style deep dish pizza and the chance to win concert tickets to see Kenny Chesney in concert. A new location of Rosati's will have its grand opening in Waukee on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome Rosati's Pizza to its business comm...

Don’t tell Chicago, but Gianna’s stole their sandwich. Signature sandwiches are an edible work of art. Done right, they make our mouths water and our bellies happy. They leave us with warm memories of past road trips, vacations and experiences. Eastern Iowa has a number of restaurants where one can order an Italian beef sandwich. And several of the...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will hold the 22nd annual St. Joseph Altar celebration on March 18th and 19th. Doors will open at 5:00 pm on March 18, with a Lenten meal served at 5:30 pm. The children will present the traditional “tupa tupa” (knocking) pageant, followed by the blessing of the altar. The feast of St. Joseph, patron of...

My co-worker Mylan Schroder and I ventured to Ireton Tuesday, Feb. 5, to check out the lunch menu at Ireton’s newest Main Street business — Trattoria Buon Gusto, an Italian restaurant. Let me tell you, it was absolutely wonderful. We were immediately welcomed and seated in a booth. Mind you, it is 11:45 a.m. and Mylan and I are not a couple, but th...

The Italian restaurants of Des Moines are unique to our city. Many are tied directly to Des Moines' community of descendants of Italian immigrants, passed down through generations of the same family who keep things consistent throughout the years. Considered prized culinary landmarks and institutions of Des Moines Italian food, these eateries serve...

Lord Midas, the upscale Italian clothing store in downtown Des Moines, is now an outlet store. Owner Massimiliano Stanco will continue to offer men’s clothing, shoes and accessories at the store, but at a 50 to 70 percent discount. The store will be receiving discounted and out-of-season items from Stanco's Palm Beach, Florida, shop and from items...