Thank you to all of the volunteers and attendees of the 16th annual St. Joseph Altar Celebration, held at the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa on March 18th and 19th, 2013. Doors opened at 5:30 PM on Monday, March 18th. Msgr. Frank Chiodo, pastor of St. Anthony parish in Des Moines, blessed the altar following the children's "tupa tupa" (k...

The Italian American Heritage Festival enters its second day in Gateway Park on Saturday. Italian entertainment and cuisine are highlights of the fourth annual celebration.   "With more space than ever before, we have added additional entertainment acts, expanded our cultural exhibits, enhanced our activity offerings to include everyone in...

by C. Acevedo   If restaurants were baseball pitches, Mezzodi's would be a lob straight down the middle — no tricks or curves, just familiar Italian-American fare done well. To find Mezzodi's, head to Fleur Drive — the restaurant is right by Fleur Cinema and a short distance from the airport.   They updated the menu but kept one...

Columbus Day DinnerOctober is Italian Heritage Month in Iowa and to celebrate the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa will hold the 38th annual Columbus Day Dinner Party on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Event details will be announced when final arrangements are completed.   Columbus Day Memorial ObservanceAt 11:00 AM on Monday, October 14...

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring another in their "Dinner With Culture" series. The date for this dinner will be Sunday, September 29, 2013. Doors to the Cultural Center's banquet hall will open at 5:30 PM with dinner following at 6:00 PM.   The meal will be prepared by Italian cooking instructor Ale...

Our rich Italian culture will once again be the focus of this year's Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa. Our Cultural Hall will be located in the east wing of the Pappajohn Educational Center on the festival grounds at the corner of 12th and Locust Street.

After months of preparation, the Italian-American community of Iowa is thrilled to welcome all of you to the fourth annual Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa!   Every year our festival gets bigger and better. This year, we return to the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. With more space than ever before, we have added addit...

Italy-based Building Energy, a multinational company operating as Global Integrated IPP in the renewables industry, is building its first wind energy project, located north of Des Moines, Iowa. The company has begun the second phase of construction for the 30 MW, $55 million project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, accord...

By Karla Walsh On a recent Wednesday, stuff on one of the coldest nights of the year, I scurried into Cosi Cucina for my second visit to the Italian Clive restaurant. From the warm greeting at the door and the bright wood-fired grill behind the bar, to the crackling fireplace and the promptly-delivered fresh rolls, I wanted to suggest to our frien...

David Marker, the director of the feature-length film Zampogna: The Soul of Southern Italy, will be at this year's Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa to demonstrate the zampogna and other traditional Italian musical instruments.   Marker, a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, spent five weeks with h...