Cafe di Scala - A fine Des Moines area restaurant, Calabrese-Style, in the heart of Historic Sherman Hill. 644 18th Street, Des Moines, IA • Reservations by phone only: 515-244-1353
 
 

Beatles Brunch

Happy New Year Friends!

January 4th, 2013
Happy New Year Friends!

We hope you’re like us and resolve to have long laughs with your good friends, eat real food and slow sip on good wine. Hopefully, we can play a small part in your 2013. Just a quick couple of notes today…

Beatles Brunch this SundayBeatles Brunch: Come rock out to Chef Phil and Tony’s breakfast show. Our next first Sunday of the Month Brunch will be held January 6th from 10-2. Reservations are required by calling 515-244-1353.

No Corkage Thursday: Every Thursday at Des Moines Restaurant Cafe di Scala, simply bring in your own bottle and we’ll waive our usual corkage fee.
Chef Phil Shires
Vote for Chef Phil:
 We like our Chef Phil Shires. He’s the hardest working man in the Des Moines food business and he’s a master at his craft. Not sure where we’d be without him. Can you take a minute and vote for him for Best Chef in the annual Cityview “Best of” Awards? Click here to vote for us: Cityview Best of Des Moines AwardsIf you could slip a note in there for Scala for Best Italian and Best Restaurant we’d appreciate that, too. :)

Private Parties: There’s always room in here for private events from Sunday-Wednesday evening or for corporate lunches, bridal showers and family dinners. We also rent out the space on Thursday, Friday and Saturday upon request. Visit our website, Call us at 515-244-1353, or email event planner Amy Carrell at eventplanner@cafediscala.com.

Blessings for a prosperous and joy filled 2013!

Cheers,
Tony & Scala Staff
Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the week for private events

Cafe di Scala New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

December 21st, 2012

Cafe di Scala Sherman Hill Restaurant Winter Photo

 

Seasons Greetings Friends!

With snow on the ground, Santa’s packing up his sleigh and a New Year is in the making. Blessed Holidays to all of you.

New Years Menu at Des Moines Restaurant Cafe di Scala: We’re offering Five wonderful courses for $60. Check out the menu at the bottom of this post. Reservations are required and seats are limited. 515-244-1343

Scala Gift Card: Don’t just buy that special someone a dinner… give them an experience to remember.  Our seasonal menu, award-winning wine list and our charming old victorian are sure to please a friend or relative looking for something unique.

Beatles Brunch: Come rock out to Phil and Tony’s breakfast show! Our next first Sunday of the Month Brunch will be held January 6th from 10-2.

 A la Carte:
–No Corkage Thursday’s every week at Cafe di Scala. Bring in your own bottle and we’ll waive our usual corkage fee on Thursdays.

–We’d be humbled if you’d vote for Scala for Best Chef (Phil Shires), Best Italian and Best Restaurant. Click here to vote for us: Cityview Best of Des Moines Awards.
Cheers,
Tony & Scala Staff
Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the week for private events

P.S. Our New Year’s Eve Menu is below as promised:

Cafe di Scala Des Moines Restaurant New Year's Eve Menu

Holiday Parties in Des Moines Shine at Cafe di Scala

November 30th, 2012
Here's the picture of a beautiful marriage proposal on Thursday night here at Scala.
Holiday Greetings Scala Lovers!

Autumn colors fade as the next round of holidays approach us this busy season.  As you look for a place to entertain your family and friends over the coming weeks, consider us for a romantic dinner, a rockin’ Sunday Beatles Brunch or a private dinner experience unparallelled in the Metro. Our expert staff, 100% Italian-award winning wine list and kitchen look forward to providing an abundance of Holiday cheer and Smiles over the coming weeks.

Holiday Parties
We are available for both lunch and dinner private events. Put simply, you can enjoy both the entire Cafe and a custom tailored menu for a minimum of $400 for lunch and $1,500 for dinner. We can accommodate up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner and 100 guests for appetizer and wine  themed gatherings. Packages ranges from $25 to $90 dollars for a wide variety of courses and offerings. Email our event planner Amy for more details: Eventplanner@CafediScala.com, or visit our private events page of our website by clicking here.

Sunday Beatles Brunch
Our Beatles Brunch is this Sunday, December 2nd from 10-2pm.   Chef Phil and Tony will be crafting their magical brunch menu consisting of everything you expect in a musical culinary paradise. Call for a reservation for this nearly sold out brunch. 515-244-1353. You can find the Beatles Brunch menu at the bottom of this message.

A la Carte:
–No Corkage Thursday’s every week at Cafe di scala. Bring in your own bottle and we’ll waive our usual corkage fee on Thursdays.
–Our New Years Eve menu will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
–We’d be humbled if you’d vote for Scala for Best Chef, Best Italian and Best Restaurant in the Cityview Best of Des Moines Awards.

Cheers,
Tony & Scala Staff

Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the week for private events
P.S. Our Beatles Brunch Menu is below as promised:

This place smells like brown sugar sage butter sauce. (The Scala November Newsletter)

November 1st, 2012
Good Afternoon Scala Friends! Hope you’re all doing well. This place smells like brown sage butter sauce. Here are a few things going on around here:
NO CORKAGE FEE THURSDAYS: Bring in a bottle or three, grab your friends and visit us on Thursdays. We never charge corkage fees on Thursday nights. 515-244-1353 for reservations. We also added some cool wines to our wine menu. Check our wine list out here.NEW FALL MENU: Yes, the butternut squash cappelacci, truffled brussel sprouts and squash panna cotta are back. Take a look at our current fall menu.Cafe di Scala Beatles Brunch
BEATLES BRUNCH: The Scala Band will be at it again this Sunday, November 4th for our Beatles Brunch, open from 10-2.  Call for a reservation to secure a seat for this one of a kind show featuring Chef Phil Shires in the kitchen and his counterpart Tony up front keeping the mimosas flowing. Space is tight, so call 515-244-1353 for reservations. I’ve also attached the Brunch menu below.

HOLIDAY PARTIES: We are starting to fill up for holiday events. Book a party, and you can have the entire cafe exclusively Sunday through Wednesdays and lunch gatherings any day of the week. Check out our Private Events page on our website.

Cheers!

Tony L.

Summer Turns to Fall at Cafe di Scala…

August 30th, 2012

Greetings Scala Friends and Lovers!

Fall has almost arrived, Friends. That means football, golden and amber leaves. Our roasted butternut squash cappellacci is just around the corner. Enjoy the last couple weeks of our summer menu on our patio, or cuddled up at a table for two indoors. Here are a couple notes this month…

Restaurant Week Thanks… First, a warm thank you to all of you who joined us for Restaurant Week this year! We set many records for attendance. More than that, it was great to meet so many new people who were trying us out for the first time. If you have a friend who hasn’t tried us out, don’t keep us a secret!

MISC…

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!

LouAnn’s Italian Specialties
My mom LouAnn Lemmo is the inspiration for the majority 0f what we do here at Cafe di Scala. It was in her kitchen were I learned much of my cooking craft… If you have a big event coming up and want her to make some wandas, love knots or even an Italian Wedding Cake, give her a call at 515-282-4951.

Private Events
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 events@cafediscala.com.

Sunday Beatles Brunch
It’ll be back on Sunday, September 2nd from 10-2. Happiness is a warm brunch. Call 515-244-1353 for reservations.

Cheers!
Tony

Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the week for private events

Cafe di Scala May Newsletter

May 9th, 2012

Spring Greetings Scala Family, Friends & Lovers,

I will say this has been one of the busiest months on record with all of the happenings around Scala and elsewhere. The Gusto Pizza Co. “gustomobile” is locked and loaded for a busy summer of graduations and festivals. Scala turns seven (yes, I did a double take, too) later this summer, while our Beatles Brunch marks its two year anniversary this weekend. If that’s not enough planning and coordinating, I officially launch a new downtown eatery new week called Host(see below).

Beatles Brunch Turns Two
It’s unbelievable that it’s been over two years since Chef Phil Shires and I opened a bottle of Critone after midnight and wrote down a Beatles-themed brunch menu. “Iron Chef” Phil will be pulling out a couple surprises this Sunday. Keep an eye out for “Melinda’s Chicken and Waffles” in addition to his pork tacos. Brunch is served from 10-2 the first Sunday of every month and reservations are recommended. Call 515-244-1353 for Reservations. Our Beatles Brunch menu can be found on ourwebsite.

No Corkage Thursdays.
I think it’s safe to say Spring is here to stay, which means our wrap around porch is available to enjoy for dinner guests. Grab your favorite bottle of wine and visit us on a Thursday in May and we’ll waive your corkage fee. Rain or shine, we’ll have plenty of offerings on our award winning all-Italian list if you want to go that route.

Host!
I’ve been working on a new concept since early winter with three very special people. Chef Phil (Cafe di Scala), Lisa Hutchins (Scala event planner) and Katie Lemmo (my little sister) are officially opening a new lunch space downtown on Monday, May 7th . Host will serve sustainable comfort food sourced from local farmers during the weekdays and “host” private dinners in the evenings for any occasion. Our address is 1220 Locust Street downtown and we’ll be open 11-2:30 Monday-Friday. Check us out at HostDsm.com, on Facebook athttp://facebook.com/DSMHost and at Twitter.com/hostdsm.

Cheers!
Tony

P.S. Flour + Eggs + Salt + Water = Love. We created a quick little video that we think sums up what we do here. Check it out and let us know what you think. We take simple ingredients and do extraordinary things with them. Make sure to follow Cafe di Scala on Facebook at http://facebook.com/cafediscala

Cafe di Scala April Newsletter

April 4th, 2012

Spring Greetings Scala Family, Friends & Lovers,

It’s almost April! March was a great month for all of us. As spring blossomed early, we made a few seasonal changes here at Cafe di Scala. From new and exotic wines (Falangina & Lacrima) offered by the glass, to Chef Phil Shires adjusting the food menu in anticipation of the bounties sprouting from our little garden, there’s much to celebrate here.

Flour + Eggs + Salt + Water = Love.
We created a quick little video that we think sums up what we do here. Check it out and let us know what you think. We take simple ingredients and do extraordinary things with them.

Join us for the Cafe di Scala Beatles Brunch on Easter Sunday, April 8 from 10-2:30

April Beatles Brunch.
No foolin’ around this month. We’ve moved Beatles Brunch to Sunday, April 8th from 10-2. As always, please contact the cafe for any reservations at 515-244-1353

No Corkage Thursdays.
During the of April if you bring your own wine, we will be waiving our corkage fees for dinner guests on Thursdays.

Spring Menu.
Please take a moment to browse over our Spring menu on our menu page and call us at 515-244-1353 if we can help make your weekend extraordinary and unique.

Warmly,

Tony and Scala Staff

Join us for Beatles Brunch this Sunday, March 4th

February 29th, 2012

Join us for Beatles Brunch this Sunday, March 4th at Cafe di Scala. Here’s the menu. See ya Sunday!

Cafe di Scala Newsletter: Learn How to Make Pasta With Tony

February 23rd, 2012

Dear Scala Friends, Family and Sherman Hill Neighbors,

Spring is so close. You can feel it, right?

As I type this, I’m looking at a mama cardinal scavenge the ground for food here in Sherman Hill. As they build their nests and prepare to breed, a fresh late winter rain treats them with a shower of new life. We’re only a few weeks away from trees blooming, and next week, we’ll start some heirloom peppers and tomatoes from seed for the Cafe di Scala garden. Renewal feels awesome, doesn’t it?

Here are a few things coming up for you to keep on your calendar…

PASTA MAKING CLASS: Join me at Williams-Sonoma at Jordan Creek Town Center on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 to begin their Guest Chef Technique Class Series with “Fast, Fresh, and Easy Pasta.” I will be teaching how to make basic pasta in addition to ravioli and combining with some great Williams-Sonoma recipes, which include Pasta with Eggplant. The class is free of charge but reservations are required. Call Williams-Sonoma at 515-225-6613 to save your place today. You also will receive 10% on your purchase that day if you attend the class (some restrictions apply). Hope to see you there!

BEATLES BRUNCH: Once again, we’re having our monthly Beatles Brunch on Sunday, March 4th from 10am-2pm. You can always find our Beatles Brunch menu up on our website. Call us at 515-244-1353 so we can save you a spot. Also, keep in mind that we are moving our April Beatles Brunch to April 9th to accommodate for some staff travel.

PRIVATE EVENTS: Everyone reading this knows someone having a baby shower, business lunch or a wedding rehearsal dinner this year. Please do us a huge favor and let your friends and co-workers know about us? We offer the entire Cafe exclusively for a private event Sunday through Wednesday for both Lunch and Dinner Events. Upon consulting with one of our staff, booking an event on a night we are open to the public (Th-Sat) may be an option depending upon the number of guests and budget. Learn morehere.

NEW WINES: At the café, we like to find as many unique Italian wines as we possibly can so that you can have an experience like nowhere else in Iowa. We offer almost 100 wines on our reserve list and pour 14 by the glass. Every couple months or so, we like to add a few fresh bottles to our reserve list. We recently added a few gems to this list and wrote a blog post about them. Read about the new wines here.

DINNER AND A SHOW: Hoyt Sherman Place, our neighbors just to the east of us on Woodland Avenue, have a great lineup this month and into early Spring. I hope you all take advantage of this spectacular venue as often as you can! Take a look at their website: http://hoytsherman.org/, and plan an evening with friends for a date night at Cafe di Scala and a show at Hoyt Sherman Place. We wrote about the lineup they wanted to share with you on our blog. Cheers!

NO CORKAGE FEE TONIGHT: Our Thursday no corkage fee deal is coming to a close tonight. Take advantage of this by bringing a friend in for a few laughs and good company.

Much love to you all!
Tony and Staff

P.S. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information and special offers.

Scala Is For Lovers

February 2nd, 2012

Spring (I mean, um, Winter) Greetings Friends,

Whether your wrapping up a round of golf or finishing raking the leaves you thought you could put off until April, we’d love for you to join us. We have a few spectacular menus to savor after a day of basking in the February sun.

Scala Sunday Beatles Brunch. Get a jump start to your Super Sunday….

For The Love of Food
Grab a lover, grab a date, or grab a group of friends and experience Chef Phil and Tony’s five-course offering on Valanetines Day. Tony will be visiting the wine cellar and pulling out a few bottles of reserves to offer by the glass and serenade your palate a step further. Here’s the menu:

No Corkage Thursdays (In February)
Grab that special bottle of vino and head over the Cafe on a Thursday evening. Chef Phil Shires always runs a couple extra features on these laid back evenings..

Cheerios!

Tony and Scala Staff

P.S. Please continue the conversation with us by “liking” us on our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/cafediscala

 
Cafe di Scala - A fine Des Moines area restaurant, Calabrese-Style, in the heart of Historic Sherman Hill. 644 18th Street, Des Moines, IA • Reservations by phone only: 515-244-1353