Holidays at Scala [With NYE Menu and New Pasta Podcast Project]

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As many of you know, it's been a tough year for my family. This Holiday season I mean this sincerely in that we couldn't do this without your love and support this year. So thank you. I really can't say that enough.

Here's a virtual hug for ya.  <<hug>>

On to happier things, we have lots of fun and exciting new things happening here this season. I hope we're lucky enough to see your beautiful face in here soon. (Yes, I'm talking to you. You're beautiful and we like you). Some news:

  • Pasta & Wine Works Shops and Pasta Podcast: Early 2015, I will be offering themed workshops for couples and small groups in my personal kitchen. In addition to the classes, I'll begin filming episodes for my new Pasta Podcast themed show. Guests will vary from some of my closest chef friends to Italian winemakers that will be visiting the heartland. Themes will range from Regional Italian dishes to pasta creations inspired by travels. Additional Details for both of these projects will be shared after the holidays.
  • New Year's Eve Dinner: We're doing our New Year's Eve menu this year. Click here to view the NYE menu. Reservations fill up fast, so call us at 515-244-1353.
  • Holiday Parties: We always have room for your holiday party. You can reserve the entire cafe or book a special room in the Cafe. (See the photo above). Make your company or family party memorable and unique. Contact our Events Planner Amy here
  • Gift Card Giveway: Our 5th Annual gift card giveaway is happening FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 from 4:00pm -- 6:00pm. The deal is a $50 gift card for $40, or a $100 gift card for $75. Pretty great deal, but it's only happening during this window. Tomorrow on Facebook and Twitter, we'll be giving away 5 gift cards throughout the day as well.  Please stop in to the cafe  at this time and we'll hook you up (644 18th Street, Des Moines, 50314). 
NYE Menu



Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

Smooches,

Tony & Scala Staff




2014 Fall Menu

Cafe di Scala Lemmo Family Photo

Fall Greetings Friends!
 
The leaves are turning.
One last glance at the petunias. 
Final harvest from the garden.


As I reach for my favorite wool sweater, I'm reminded how the Scala Fall menu is holds a special place in my heart. From roasted butternut squash and braised meats, to a couple new inspired dishes  my mother loved to create, there's definitely something everyone to enjoy.  I'd like to invite you into my home to cozy up with some friends and loved ones and celebrate with family crafted food and wine.
 
On that note, I also want to thank each and everyone of you for the cards, thoughts, flowers and hugs over the past couple months in honor of my mother who passed away this summer. While her Guantis cookies will no longer greet you at the host stand after meal, her inspiration and love will carry on.  
 
Scala Holiday Private Parties

If you refer a private party of 15 or more people to us, we'll give you a $100 gift card. Pretty simple, just encourage your boss or office party planner to have your private party here and we'll give you a $100 gift card as a note of thanks. Learn more by clicking HERE
 
New Menu
 

Our Autumn menu is here. That means mom's pita cu sardi pasta, David Ryan's Cappellacci, a couple appetizer favorites and Lou Lou's mini donuts. Check it out below the text of this email. 

New Wines: 

Click here to take a peek at our new reserve list that we just put up on our website as well. 


Autumn Blessings,

Tony & Staff





Des Moines Register article from 5/13/14: "Cafe di Scala chefs Lemmo, Shires a culinary dream team"

There was a nice article from Carlos Acevedo in today's Des Moines Register. 

Lemmo describes the partnership as an "amazing synergy." Lemmo brings his passion for the Italian cuisine of southern Italy and, of course, all the heirloom recipes passed to him through the generations. Meanwhile, Shires brings the polish of formal training and a "zen simplicity."

This dynamic is apparent throughout the menu.

Read the rest of the article HERE. 

Big News! Cafe di Scala Receives 4.5 out of 5 stars from the Des Moines Register Datebook!

Photo Credit: Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, http://bit.ly/ScalaReview

Big news! The Des Moines Register Datebook just reviewed us and gave us 4.5 out of 5 stars! We're very proud and humbled to receive this praise and thank all of you for keeping what we do here alive. http://bit.ly/ScalaReview

Some of our favorite quotes: "...bonkers-good," "The pasta, stuffed with fresh tomato and ricotta, seemed to melt in my mouth," and "His new spring menu is a smor­gasbord of fresh Calabrian delights."

Read the full review here: -->> http://bit.ly/ScalaReview

(Photo credit to Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register)