Happy Summer Scala Family & Friends!
Cafe di Scala is celebrating our seven year anniversary this month. Seven years! Amazing, huh? Four executive Chefs, 50 thousand pounds of homemade pasta and dozens of successful marriage proposals later, Scala has been one epic journey.
It’s astounding to think back to those final days leading up to Scala opening our doors on that hot and steamy Friday night back in 2005. Good pals Gabe Lueders, Mike Webster and I sawed boards, swung hammers and updated light fixtures for what seemed like an eternity of 15 hour work days. The late David Ryan, one of my best friends and greatest chefs to find inspiration, collaborated on a dinner menu. Justin Berkley and Kevin Fazio fine tuned the beer and wine lists. My parents (Tony and Lou Ann) worked on reconfiguring the dinning room space and tidying up things. (As my mother later admitted, the place was truly a “diamond in the rough.”) Throw in a couple dozen friends (Nicole & Phil James, Carlos Garza, Rob Jesmer, a couple other Phils and many more, — apologies for not mentioning you) who helped landscape, brush on paint, sample food and provide moral support, that twenty-six year old kid (me) would have never been able to achieve the recognition and success without being surrounded by those wonderful people who championed my vision.
And we couldn’t have been here without the many thousands of customers like you. Bless you for being a part of what we do.
Visit the Cafe and celebrate the month of July with us!
7th Anniversary Coursed Food & Wine Dinner
On Wednesday July 25th, Chef Phil and I will be crafting a five course meal paired with wines.
A small reception starts at 6:30 with dinner commencing at 7PM. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please call the Cafe (515.244.1353) as reservations are very limited.
roasted fennel puree and orange zest on crostini
marinated olives, soppresatta mortadella and pickled banana peppers
adami “garbel 13” prosecco
calabresse vegetable minestrone
librandi “ciro rosso”
angel hair with anise, olive oil and peccorino romano
beef braciole over a roasted pepper and potatoragu with peccroino and basil
librandi “magno megonio”
walnut and honey pound cake with citrus and mascarpone mousse
vignia del papi “vin santo del chianti”
No Corkage Thursday
Grab a bottle. Grab a friend. Grab a lover and visit us on Thursdays for dinner.
We are officially waiving corkage fees on Thursdays permanently!
Let Cafe di Scala be the venue for your next event. If you have an anniversary, baby shower, wedding rehearsal dinner, business lunch or dinner, we’d love to talk with you. We let you create your own menu and choose your own wines. Give Cafe di Scala Event Planner Amy Carrell a call at 515-244-1353 or email her at email@example.com.
Sunday Beatles Brunch
It’ll be back on August 5th from 10-2. Happiness is a warm brunch.
Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10, Thursday-Saturday and the rest of the week for private events