Volunteer Work Day

Saturday, October 2nd at 9:00AM

Grab your work gloves and come on over to pitch in at the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa. We have projects both inside and out and all help is appreciated. Lunch will be provided.

Her parents were told she would never, walk, talk or read.

Natalia proved them wrong. Read about how the Italian-American Women of Iowa helped bring joy to this little girl’s life….. here

August is just around the corner

Don’t miss out on our summer events!

Bella Italia Day Camp for the kids


1st Annual Bocce Tournament for the adults.

A List of Firsts ….

From cooking classes to day camp to a bocce tournament to a progressive dinner – our center might not be open, but we are up and running! Read More

160 Years of Friendship

2021 Is the official kick-off to a year-long celebration examining the past, present and future ties between the USA and Italy. “It is about our two countries, the friendship between our people, the strength of our communities, the values we share, and the inspiration we draw from each other.”, said Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio. Read More

Cucina Italiana

Cucina Italiana Cookbook

We have a new supply of our popular cookbook that is full of Italian recipes from the families and friends of the Italian-American Cultural Center.

Order yours today!

Our Contributors:


Gather with us on September 18th as we familiarize you with the technique for delicious, home-made limoncello! Read More

A Divine Walk With Dante

Let us be your guide on September 8th as we present to you A DIVINE WALK WITH DANTE, a unique fundraising experience, where you will enjoy the cuisine of three of Des Moines’ finest Italian restaurants. You will journey to Hell (Inferno) at Baratta’s for your appetizers, to Purgatory (Purgatorio) at Lucca for your main course and, finally, Heaven (Paradiso) at La Mei Bakery for your dessert. Read more.

Heritage Festival

Regrettably, we are not able to host the Italian-American Heritage Festival this year as we have been busy moving into our new building. BUT……….. the Festival Committee has begun work on the 2022 Festival! This event is going to be amazing & will kick-off our week-long GRAND OPENING!!

Events & Classes

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events …… Look Here

Outdoor Oven Pizza Making Class

Join us at the new location of The Italian American Cultural Center for an outdoor cooking experience with Jon Turner and Parlo Pizza!

We will explore the history of pizza making and create our own, the old world way. The class will include a rustic bruschetta for starters, a personal pizza creation, and dessert from the wood fire oven. Read More