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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.

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!!

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.

Events & Classes

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