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...

North Liberty's newest Italian restaurant is a true family affair. "It's Mirabito's on the building and Mirabitos inside the building," owner and chef Gregg Mirabito said.   Mirabito's Italian Restaurant opened in the former Subway location in November after a three-month remodeling. "I'm blessed I have a wife and family that suppo...

The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa is now accepting vendor applications for our 2013 festival to be held July 26-27, 2013 at the Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines.   Vendor applications will be accepted through April 15, 2013.   To be a part of this year's festival, please fill out the 2013 Vendor Application For...

Retailer LifeStyles Furniture is pleased to announce the addition of modern Italian made Calligaris furniture to its current contemporary European and American made home furnishing product lines. Calligaris is manufactured in Manzano Udine Italy and has a rich history of furniture manufacturing that dates back to original chair designs that be...

I'm calling Luigi's Italian Restaurante a Des Moines underdog. And, in my book, it's already won a royal title: Move over and share the Italian throne Latin King and Baratta's. Luigi's is an underdog mostly because of location. It is adjacent to a mobile home park on one of the city's busiest streets.   A median forces south-bound...

By Lucy Morris Changes may be coming to Givanni's. Rumors earlier this week suggested that the Italian-American Ped Mall mainstay may be closing or replaced by another restaurant altogether. Though details are still in flux, Jason Alt, business manager at Etre Restaurant Group (which owns Givanni's), confirms that a shakeup may be in the rest...

Italy's leading ensemble on the world music circuit, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino returns Stateside for a series of Fall concert dates. Running from September 29th through October 10th, stops along CGS's 2016 mini-tour include Midwest performances at the Madison World Music Festival, Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA) and Minneapolis's Cedar Cultural...

by Jane Fritsch   The decision came down to this: Would people buy prosciutto from a guy named Herb from Iowa?"It was a crazy idea, but we didn't think it was a stupid idea," says Herb Eckhouse, the Herb from Iowa who spent some anxious years weighing that question. Racks of raw pork rolling into the refrigerated chambers around him suggest...