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English first
Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

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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Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

For my birthday this year my wife made reservations at the much talked about Cafe Di Scala after reading all the rave review on Tripadvisor. All I can say is that this day will always be remembered as the worst meal I have had in the 42 years I have been on this earth. The first thing you will notice... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We've been to Café di Scala twice for their Beatles Brunch, held the first Sunday of every month, and even though those visits were several years apart, it really says something about the consistent excellence of this restaurant that both those meals were memorable and incredible. Set inside a historic home in the Sherman Hills section of Des Moines, the... More 

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Iowa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Have been wanting try Cafe Di Scala for some time and finally got it done last night, the wait was worth it. My wife had the braised port in broth and I the house special - baked Cod, both were tender and tasty, melt in your mouth! Our server was friendly and attentive, even helped us pick our entrees as... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to check out Cafe di Scala during restaurant week. I had always wanted to try it out but never had. Restaurant week provided the perfect opportunity to give it a try. My meal featured a carrot pasta with a tarragon cream sauce with crab and veggies (leeks, tomatoes and radishes). It was simply... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Love this place...wonderful atmosphere and food! We've had dinner here as well and the food is fabulous!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Simply superb food. Truly romantic but a fantastic place for family and friends. A hidden gem in the Hoyt Sherman area. My meal was served in a relaxed manner never rushed. From the appetizer to the Dessert the food was excellent.

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

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