Jethroni Pepperoni.  Colossal Meatball, Chicken Artichoke and Chicken Parmesan.

Scratch Italian Bruce Gerleman and Dom Iannarelli’s latest collaboration, Jethroni Pepperoni, is a populist take on southern Italian dining, providing the experience of more expensive restaurants

By Jim Duncan  |  Photos by Dan Hodges Bruce Gerleman and Dom Iannarelli have teamed up to create the lavish Splash, where seafood is air freighted daily from both Hawaii ...

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Traditional restaurants and classic drinks and dishes of Des Moines

    By Jim Duncan   Des Moines’ daily paper set off a lively debate in March about what should be considered the “essential restaurants” of the city. Such lists ...

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Sempre Famiglia

  By Jeff Pitts   Italian sausage is usually pork sausage that stands out for being flavored with a distinct seasoning, often consisting of fennel or anise. Most Italian sausages ...

The Contents


Summer food in Iowa

By Jim Duncan   Early this century, the New York Times’ peerless ...
Baratta’s serves a splendid chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan satisfies

    By Meghan Johnson   Chicken Parmesan — or chicken Parmigiana ...
An”Old Fashioned” with Black Velvet from Skip’s.

Old Fashioned drinking and dining

  By Meghan Johnson   An Old Fashioned is about as classic ...

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Set the tone with the right wine

Story by Jennifer Strauss | Photos by Dan Hodges   As I peered into my backyard this past spring, a shade of green caught my eye. Among the melting snow and frozen unraked leaves, were small clusters of chives reaching for the sun. It was the beginning of Iowa’s bountiful growing season. It lasts for […]

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Some of Des Moines’ newest hot spots Summertime is a perfect time to get out and eat something new

By Jeff Pitts  |  Photos by Dan Hodges   In the first half of 2016, the Des Moines metro area has seen the addition of many upscale eateries. Samplings from these high-end hot spots can quickly turn a sweltering summer night into a cool and pleasant evening out on the town. Below are some of […]

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The Places

American B-Bops: B-Bops has the best burgers in town! For 23 years we’ve won Cityview’s “Best of Des Moines” readers poll and are proud to serve these burgers at more than seven locations throughout the metro. Multiple locations in Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona, Urbandale and Ames. Down Under: Des Moines’ favorite sports bar! Located […]

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Spring comes in like a lion

  By Jim Duncan   The first quarter of the new year was a time of taking things literally. Bandits robbed at least eight different local Git-N-Go stores in the last month, inviting speculation about motives for their exclusivity of targets. Was it a disgruntled customer or former employee? Or were thieves just doing what […]

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Troy Trostel Trostel’s Greenbriar

    By Jeff Pitts   Who does most of the cooking at your house? My wife and I share the cooking duties since I work so many nights.   What is your home kitchen like? Very casual, but I have a great grill and smoker outside.   How is your home cooking different than […]

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