Italian Organist Renato Negri will play in the United States for the first time during the opening concert of the 2017 Iowa Falls Summer Organ Recital Series on Sunday. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s By-the Bridge Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Oak and Railroad Streets.  Negri is organist at Church of San Francesco da...

There’s a robust family atmosphere that fills Sal Vitale’s and Sons, with the same richness and flavor of their Italian food. The authentic Sicilian restaurant at 1010 Park Ave. has been a family tradition since opening in 1984, said owner Salvatore Vitale, beaming with jocularity and pride as he speaks about it. “It’s all about the quality, and...

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...

For classic Naples-inspired Italian food, stop by Red Rossa Napoli Pizza in Clive. Their pizza surprises most newcomers. "It's not what you expect. Most of the time it has to be eaten with a fork and knife," said John Hutchinson, director of operations. "You can't fold it like normal." The restaurant seats 75 and offers pizzas people won't find els...

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...

Although the Pannese Society of Rhode Island is small in numbers, the Johnston-based Italian-American non-profit is now the state’s leader in International Student Cultural Exchanges. That became fact Tuesday when four Johnston High School students, who were armed with knowledge of the Italian language and customs, boarded a Peter Pan Bus Company m...

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar is set to open this fall in the Coralville Iowa River Landing area. The restaurant is one of the long list of newcomers to the area. According to its release, the menu will feature pizzas baked in a brick oven that was handcrafted in Modena, Italy. The rest of the menu, down to the decor will represent an Italian vibe. The it...

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...