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Cafe di Scala

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644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
515-244-1353
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner with friends

Meal was next to perfect. Venue is very dark, meals were expensive, but well worth the price. Italian wedding cake was a perfect finish. Thank you for the great meal!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2014
Matthew L
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Minneapolis
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West Des Moines, IA
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190 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Café di Scala had a reduced menu for restaurant week but the selection was fantastic. I had the popletta, pollo, and tiramisu. My wife had the zupa, cavatelli, and torte al cioccolato. Except for the pollo being a tad dry all our picks were delectable. As for drinks, not much of a beer selection and the cocktails seem overpriced. Even... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This was our 4th-5th time here over several years. Friday night with friends. I had pasta with a salad and my wife had the same with different pasta. Salad was ordinary-nothing special. Pasta was poor. Service was very slow and poor. But the real issue-4 hours later I felt death was possible !!!! Food poisoning maybe did not do a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Since we live in Des Moines, we get to enjoy Cafe di Scala a few times a year. It NEVER disappoints! Had dinner there this weekend with our adult son. We shared the crostini appetizer.....it was probably the best I've had and we were in Italy last fall. Hubby raved about the Italian beef stuffed banana peppers. They are very... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Since this was our 1st visit, I decided to check reviews and some were less than stellar but I did not share them with my wife! We brought our own wine and the bartender was very cordial with opening it and chilling it for us. We arrived at 6:30 for a 7:15 reservation-we prefer to relax prior to just immediately... More 

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Minneapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Out on the town for a special evening to celebrate, so Cafe Di Scala is the restaurant everyone wants to go to. The bartender cannot describe any of the wines, the appetizer was burnt on one side, the special soup was mushrooms in luke warm water, the steak was tough, the chicken was dry and the pasta Sardis was inedible.... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Our second trip to this restaurant was for their special NYE menu. It was a 5 course meal including desert. The courses were delicious and timed perfectly, giving us time to sip our cocktails and chat. The meal took 2 hours to complete, as a five course meal should. The owners stopped by to check in but did not hover... More 

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Recently dined at Di Scala with a group of friends. Have dined here multiple times over the years. The ambiance is very nice. Dark, relaxing, quiet music in the background. The food as usual was good, but not very good to outstanding. Having not been here for maybe 6 months, what struck me was the increase in prices of the... More 

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Des Moines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The red sauce gave my wife the trots from her Valentine's dinner there. The meal was overpriced and very small. The girl assured my wife that there would be 6 large ravioli's in her serving and it came with 2 for an entree.

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Meal was next to perfect. Venue is very dark, meals were expensive, but well worth the price. Italian wedding cake was a perfect finish. Thank you for the great meal!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great restaurant. Helpful and fun service. And as stated, best appetizer in Des Moines. It is just a great combination of good earthy sauce, rich eggplant and the creamy melted cheese. Now I want to go get this again!!!

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  • Address: 644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-244-1353
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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