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Baratta's Trattoria & Pizzarea

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2320 S Union St, Des Moines, IA 50315-1730
+1 515-243-4516
4:00 pm - 10:00 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

"Al Dente" describes the feel of pasta in your mouth, when you hit it right, it is perfection. Our meal, on an average Tuesday night, was perfect in getting the great tastes as well as the right feel in our mouths. My simple pasta with bolognese (13) was richness in flavor and texture, add a homemade meatball (2) and it's... More 

Thank DJLangston
Cedar Rapids
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272 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having never before eaten here I was really surprised by what I encountered. I have family & friends that live in and near Des Moines, Iowa. The other day when I stopped for a visit, I was asked where I would like to eat dinner. All I said was "surprise me." Last time I offered this answer it was a... More 

Thank Daniel B
Des Moines, Iowa
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175 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Love, love, love Barattas! Chicken Famagio, Chicken Parmigiano, onion rings and baked ravioli...our favorite! All this plus warm bread and real butter, and soup or salad for $20, Monday through Thursday! All of the wait staff are wonderful, but our fav is Megan! From the minute we walk in until we leave, everyone we encounter is wearing a smile and... More 

Thank Tammy C
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I came in for a late dinner tonight. We had the place to ourselves. I ordered Chicken Parmesan and my friend ordered the Veal Parmesan. Both were outstanding! The staff was so kind to welcome us in 20 minutes before they were closing. I don't ordinarily come into a restaurant that late and keep the staff waiting.... More 

Thank Tamera E
Norwalk, Iowa, United States
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We've eaten here before but have not reviewed it. We went on the spur of the moment and the food and service were great. I had the special which was pasta, sausage and squash in a cream sauce. Very good. The service is great and everyone is hustling to do their jobs which I really appreciate.

Thank Mike H
Johnston, Iowa
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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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55 reviews
29 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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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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52 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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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
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: +1 515-243-4516

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