Italian Language Courses

The Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa will be offering two courses in the Italian language:

Italian Conversation

Italian Basics and Grammar

Both classes will meet on Wednesdays starting on March 9, 2022, and run for 8 weeks at the Cultural Center . Read more.

Des Moines Pioneers

For more than a half century, beginning in the early 1880’s, Italian immigrants traveled to Des Moines in search of new homes and new opportunities. Here, the immigrants and their children enjoyed success in a variety of economic pursuits and earned positions of respect in city politics and in the local business community. Read more


Italian Trivia Night

Bring  your friends and family along for a fun night of trivia. Ten categories will test your knowledge of all things Italian!! Reserve a table for up to 8 participants more…..

Parmesan cheese – its history so majestically Italian

Its name, in fact, is Parmigiano Reggiano which means “from the cities of Parma and Reggio Emilia”. A wheel of parmesan cheese takes at least one year to age and 131 gallons of milk. An average of 3.6 million wheels are produced each year and the industry is worth an estimated $2.5 billion, making this cheese one of Italy’s biggest exports. Read more.

il Mercato

T-Shirts, sweatshirts, housewares, baby apparel & more! Order your custom apparel and gifts here.

PS – We welcome suggestions for new items!

Holiday Cookie Sale

Treat your family, friends & co-workers to a 2-dozen box of homemade Italian cookies. Read more.


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

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

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.