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Cute, Retro and Economical – There’s Much to Love About The Fiat 500

Production of the iconic Fiat 500, otherwise known as cinquecento, ran for only 18 years, from 1957 to 1975, but it had already secured place in people’s hearts, both because of the low maintenance costs and economy. Read more.

Free To The Public!

Visit us at our annual Buona Festa di San Giuseppe. Learn about this traditional Italian event that features one-of-a-kind altar displays.  Read more here.

Volunteers Needed!

Join our crew at the Italian-American Cultural Center of IA

for a few hours of light maintenance work.

Saturday, February 26                   9:00AM – 12:00PM

Se stiamo assieme, possiamo farcela. –  If we work together, we can do it.

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