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Posted October 17, 2012 in Community Featured, Winterset

Doggie bags, please? When the sides look as appetizing as the entree, you may question your wisdom about ordering that dessert.

Following the Italiano Café’s recent one-year anniversary, the owners, Donna and Diane, aka: “The Girls,” admit they are still a bit overwhelmed from all the community support.

“One year ago, we opened on the east side of the square with a simple sandwich and deli menu,” explained Donna. “Within a few short months, our customers had outgrown the space and the menu, and kept asking for more,” she laughed. “We’ve had to move into this bigger space (the old Union State Bank building on the southwest corner of the square) and expand our menu, add a deli meat/cheese market, plus a gift shop. And, we are doing catering now, too.”

“We’ve tried hard to give the community what they asked for,” says Diane. “We’ve had to take some old family recipes and add a Midwest twist here or there, but I think we have a great menu now with a fresh, homemade Italian style.”

And the customers seem to agree. When we stepped in, the sea of Red Hat ladies were just some of the smiling customers raving over their entrees and desserts. Fortunately for us, a quick scan of the already laden tables helped make our menu selection even easier.

That pasta dish looked amazing. “That would be the Magnifico Alfredo dinner,” says Donna. “And the Court Avenue sandwich you’re looking at comes on a locally-baked Italian roll. And how about some homemade cannolis?” Really?

And look how pretty. Pasta came smothered in a smooth and rich alfredo sauce, and the Court Avenue sandwich came piled high with homemade Italian beef and savory Italian sausage, topped with fried peppers and gooey cheese. And those cannolis? When you bite into that crispy shell and meet that creamy filling of mascarpone, ricotta, spices, chocolate, cherries — all I can say is “Grazie to The Girls.”

Italiano Café
52 E. Court Ave.
Lunch hours:
Wed. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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