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Baratta's Trattoria & Pizzarea

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2320 S Union St, Des Moines, IA 50315-1730
(515) 243-4516
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Johnston, Iowa
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is so pleasant to have lunch in a quiet, quaint place. I love not competing with a TV to talk with companions. Great place for ladies who lunch.

Thank Iowastar
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

There's nothing pretentious about this long-time neighborhood favorite. It is a cozy maze of dining rooms. I saw waitstaff greeting diners by name and the manager stopping at tables to chat about diners' kids. The menu is primarily Italian cuisine. The "2 for $20" special is available Sunday-Thursday evenings, and what a deal! You receive two complete meals plus appetizers... More 

Thank Jimbenben2
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

My wife had shrimp and I had a spaghetti dinner. Service was prompt and good. The sauce was tasty and the meal was filling.

Thank Jack K
Fort Dodge
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

This place IS hard to find, but so worth it! If you love Italian food that is unique and tasty, try it!

Thank Cheryl T
West Des Moines, Iowa
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Pizza Night Review: The pizza was good. The crust was crispy and cook almost to perfection. The pizza only gets a good rating from us since it seemed a little dry. It appeared that the pizza did not have a lot of sauce on it. Like some of the other pizzas we have had, we found the sausage a bit... More 

Thank Review-by-2
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

DO NOT EAT AT THIS RESTAURANT!!! The owner/manager is rude and does not put customers first. I have Celiac Disease and she did not want to be bothered when I called ahead to ask if the restaurant has a gluten free menu or options. Because I was joining my coworkers for lunch, I asked the receptionist to connect me to... More 

Thank Peter M
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

The venue seems tucked away in a neighborhood, and it can seem small inside, but Baratta's has the best tasting food I have ever eaten. The attention to detail in each dish and ingredient is overwhelmingly evident. Everything tastes fresh and homemade. Even the bread is delicious! The staff is very friendly and helpful, and they all really seem like... More 

1 Thank Tasha J
Mesa, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

We ordered a pizza and had it delivered to our hotel. It showed up earlier than promised and was hot and delicious! Very cheesy which is how I like it!!! Would definitely order from Baratta's again!!!!

1 Thank Woodfly
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

I had delicious ravioli, my dad had pasta and my mom had a salad. All the food was delicious. My salad came with fabulous bleu cheese dressing. Service friendly and efficient. Hidden gem.

1 Thank MCWC
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Great Italian food. The service was very good. Our server was very attentive and went out of her way to accommodate one of our group by bringing a chair with arms to make her more comfortable. This place is very hard to find, but well worth the effort to locate.

Thank Clark P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2320 S Union St, Des Moines, IA 50315-1730
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 243-4516

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?