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Something Italian

Posted January 14, 2015 in Community Featured, Downtown


The name Baratta has been synonymous with fine Italian food and groceries for the better part of a century. So when Louie Baratta opened Something Italian in 1999, it was a safe guess what would be on the menu.

A slice of Papa Luigi and traditional pepperoni pizza. At right: The entrance to Something Italian. Photos by Marc Bailey.

A slice of Papa Luigi and traditional pepperoni pizza. At right: The entrance to Something Italian. Photos by Marc Bailey.

Located in the skywalk just above the Kirkwood Commons, Something Italian is winning over taste buds by using a simple and honest method: fresh made daily. The chalkboard menus provide a wide take on three traditional Italian options, while also providing a salad bar option for lighter fare. The sandwich portion boasts a massive selection that is only trumped by pizza options and finally rounded out by various penne pasta dishes.

Let’s start with the sandwiches. An array of hot & cold options on fresh made artisan breads. Each containing choice meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces. Each inducing the ‘drooling effect’ on customers. While I enjoy a hearty sandwich made with care, I set my sights on the pizzas.Something Italian Photo #3

Pizza by the slice is resurging in popularity, and Louie Baratta can be considered a leader in the game. Close to twenty options are available and each can be ordered as a full pizza. I chose a slice of the Papa Luigi and a slice of the traditional pepperoni. The Papa Luigi was topped with Graziano sausage, pepperoni, black & green olives, mushrooms and yellow pepper rings.

Let’s make one thing clear: the slices at Something Italian are not your average size. Each slice dwarfed the plate they were on; spilling over the edge of the plate. The crust is thin and crisp, while the toppings are flavorful and plenty. The sauce on both slices was seasoned to perfection; and the cheese was an amazing blend and melt.

My guest decided to partake in the penne pasta side of things. Right before our eyes the pasta was cooked to al dente, topped with zesty marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, an impressive meatball and given a side of fresh made bread. All of this within two minutes.

We took to our seats and let the flavors sing. The pizza slices had the perfect bite; a hard balance to accomplish between the crunch of the crust and the chew of the toppings. The pasta was artfully cooked and had a harmonious balance of sauce and cheese.

For those unable to make the afternoon jaunt, Something Italian also serves breakfast pizza during the Des Moines Farmers Market.

Something Italian
400 Walnut, Suite 2 (Skywalk Level)
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Open for Lunch Monday-Friday 11am- 2pm
Also open on Friday evenings at 5pm


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