A Heart-shaped Lake With An Ancient Castle At Its Side

This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castellaro Lagusello is listed among the “most beautiful villages in Italy”. Read more


The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago announces the U.S. Tour of Inferno 1911, touching five cities and Midwest states. This exclusive event will premier:

Saturday, May 6 at 7:00pm
Fleur Cinema & Cafe
4545 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA

All donations will benefit the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa. Read More

Our Mail Has Moved

Please make note of our new mailing address:

Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa

PO Box 4994

Des Moines IA 50305

Pronto Presto Pop-up Pizza Party

Building Tomorrow Together

Italian American Future Leaders is a not-for-profit that’s building a nationwide collective of movers-and-shakers who can bridge the divide between older and younger Italian American generations. 

In doing so, this new network of leaders will help promote our shared traditions, uphold our heritage and pursue a range of commercial, cultural, advocacy and event-based initiatives.   

 The inaugural 2023 Italian American Future Leaders Conference was attended by one of our own, Brooke Murrow. Read More


The Feast of Saint Joseph is celebrated annually on March 19th.

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa traditionally celebrates this beautiful feast day with a St. Joseph’s Altar.

This year, because of the unavailability of our facility due to imminent renovation, we are making plans to celebrate our event in a different manner.


IACC of Iowa is encouraging would-be attendees and all others to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to the north parking lot of the Cultural Center, located at 2633 Fleur Drive, on Saturday, March 11th, from 10 am – 2 pm. Volunteers will be in the parking lot to collect donations for the food pantry, and all proceeds from cash donations will go to Catholic Worker House and St. Joseph Shelter. In addition, IAAC volunteers will prepare the traditional vegetable frittata to donate to Catholic Worker House and St. Joseph Shelter.


We would also like to suggest that family members gather together to prepare and share a meal. Because the feast of St. Joseph takes place during lent, one traditional dish is the vegetable frittata.

The Heritage Advisory Board has prepared a booklet for families who would like to observe the feast together, including a brief history of the St. Joseph Altar Celebration. Also included is a recipe for vegetable frittata as well as recipes for traditional cookies that the Center bakes each year. 

Copies of the booklet may be picked up when donations are made or ordered online by sending your request to civitate@iaccofia.org

The Granger Homestead Project

In response to the Great Depression, a Federal housing program was created in 1933 that aimed to improve the living conditions of people, while simultaneously giving them a new opportunity to experience small-scale farming and home ownership.

The first family to move into Granger Homestead was Sesto Fiori, his wife Elizabeth, and 8 of their 12 children.  Read more.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

DNA and Genealogy

Join Dennis Allen for an informational class on using DNA to enhance your genealogy search. Read more here.

Arriva La Befana

The Christmas Witch will be arriving at 3:00PM on Sunday, January 8th for our annual Children’s Christmas Party.

All children 3 to 12 years old are invited!

Confirm your attendance by January 6th to:

Pat Civitate at 515-250-8804 or civitate@iaccofia.org.

Santa Lucia

Please join us for our annual celebration Sunday, December 11th at 3:00PM.