We had a beautiful wedding at Forte. Nick Speck made the process so easy and accommodated all of our needs and wishes. Our guests gave us so many compliments on the service and food. Our wedding was in May, and we enjoyed the patio. Jackson and the other gentleman that set up the room the day before our wedding were outstanding. We also really enjoyed having Lisa be our onsite host the evening of the wedding. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to host an event. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Kelsey C., Des Moines, Iowa

“I love this place! Always good food and a comfortable atmosphere!”
– Samantaha W., Des Moines, Iowa


“My favorite place to eat! Love Thursday’s prime rib night.”
– Mary B., Des Moines, Iowa


“This is my favorite Des Moines restaurant. The ravioli is excellent, and I recommend the pepper steak and Chicken Amaggio.”
– Matthew H., Des Moines, Iowa


“It is by far the best place to go for amazing food and an old school atmosphere.”
– Jenny R., Des Moines, Iowa


“Nick, Thank you so much for all your help in putting on our event! We can’t imagine anyone better to work with!All the G Phi girls loved it! If you ever need a testimonial about how awesome you guys are, I would be happy to write one! (Plus, I’m sure people would find it very credible since I’m a doctor!). I can’t even thank you enough! You’re the best! Take care!”

-Dr. Chelsey R., Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa


“Dear Mr. Gatto – We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had working with Nick Spek while planning out daughter’s wedding reception last weekend. Nick was fun, calming and more than accommodating with our very long wish list to provide the perfect wedding reception. Nick delivered and then some! He just did a fabulous job for us from start to finish. We, and the newlyweds, could not have been happier with how it all turned out. It will be our pleasure to recommend Nick + Forte for any event. We were so proud to share our very special event with our friends and family at Forte. Bottomline…Nick made it all happier and we will forever be grateful. You have a fantastic guy in charge at Forte!”
– Ed & Jeanne S., Des Moines, Iowa


“Nick and Alfredo – Thank you! Thank you! Our show was a great success thanks to you – so many positive remarks on the site, food and set up. so appreciated all your suggestions, help and for making my job so easy. Alfredo, thanks for the IT help – you are one versatile fellow!! Best Regards.”
-Megan R., Des Moines, Iowa


“Nick, Miss my emails yet?!? You were awesome to work with and made the planning process unforgettable. The food, drinks & venue got a lot of compliments and you made all that happen. Thanks again!”
-Chelsea & Justin V., Des Moines, Iowa


“Nick – Thank you so much for all you’ve done to make our day go off without any hitches! It has been fun working with you and I’m sorry if I drove you crazy. 🙂 Thanks again!”
-Gina & Dave, Des Moines, Iowa


“Dear Nick, Just a note to thank you for the excellent service at Annie’s wedding reception. Our guests were impressed with the venue and food and we receive many compliments. Your personal attention was most appreciated as well. Thank you for all you did to make Annie and Shane’s wedding a success.”
-Brenda M., Des Moines, Iowa


“We had such a wonderful time last night! Please do give your staff our warmest thank you. they were wonderful. Melinda, in particular, took great care of us. We’re so greatful!”
-Rachel G., Des Moines


“The best My wife and I come here every year for our anniversary. We call ahead of time and let them know we are coming and they take excellent care of us. The food is amazing, delectable, and filling! I would recommend this place to anyone I know.”
-J, Des Moines


“In the top two best italian restaurant in the DeMO area! It is quaintly nestled in a residential neighborhood on the south side. This is the side of DeMo where most Italian families who immigrated to DeMo got their start…”
-Adam P., Des Moines


“This is an awesome neighborhood Italian place. I believe I have been waited on by the same waitress every time that I’ve been. I wish I knew her name, but she has taken excellent care of my wife and I each time.

Baratta’s catered our wedding dinner – excellent food, excellent value. Our usual waitress was also there catering. We went back for our 2nd anniversary a few months ago, and she recognized us (after having not been there for close to 2 years). She gave us two desserts on the house.

For hearty Italian American food, this is an excellent option…”
-Dustin B., Des Moines


“Baratta’s is the other place in town I cannot miss when coming to Des Moines.  The service is excellent and the staff greets you like you were one of the family.

Try any of their pasta dishes that come with red sauce – you will not be sorry.  Its got a slightly spicy but sweet flavor that you will want to use your bread to get the last bit of.  As the other reviewer said, make sure to get to the creamy garlic dressing but it can’t go without saying that the Pepper Cheese soup will have you jonesing for it daily.  Its thick, spicy and altogether dreamy.  The onion rings are super thin and crisp and are made homemade on premise.  I can honestly say there isn’t one thing on the menu that I wouldn’t want to eat daily.  Add all of this yumminess and see how reasonable their prices are and Baratta’s will soon be one of your staples too.  And don’t be discouraged by its “tucked away” location.  It is DEFINITELY worth it.” 
-Jessica J., Corvallis, OR


The service staff the day of the wedding were fabulous — extremely professional and helpful. The food turned out great — and we received compliments such as “best food I’ve had at a wedding.” They also provide a lot of additional assistance if needed with finding other vendors — and provide linens, place settings, etc, which helps save on time/money. 
– Rachel


The food was FABULOUS. Everyone I talked to commented on how great it was! Very classy setup and staff. Good selection for menu. 
– Kerri & Matt


Baratta’s did a wonderful job catering our wedding reception. The food was excellent and the staff kept things running smoothly. Lora and Nick were both great to work with.
– Liz


Thank you for all of your great work (and staff) for our wedding reception. Not only was the food delicious but your staff were so professional and kind. Our guests all enjoyed the meal and service. You were so helpful to us and we loved your calm and sincere personality. Thank you for making our special day so wonderful. 
– Candice & David


We are sooo happy how everything turned out at our wedding, thanks to you and your staff! Everyone was great and went above and beyond our expectations. Even before the ceremony your staff was there making sure I didn’t need anything and telling me how beautiful everything looked. The food was absolutely amazing and everyone was so impressed and amazed how polite and helpful your staff were. Thank you so much for helping our special day turn out so perfect! 
– Ryan & Lacey


Thank you all so much for pulling off the best night of our lives! You went above and beyond – we seriously had the best food, staff and smoothest reception of nay I have ever seen. You guys are Rockstars!! We really appreciate all the hard work and effort that went into this!!
– Holly & Dan


Thank you for EVERYTHING you did to make the symphony’s viewing party a success! It was a much bigger undertaking this year, but as always, you worked with our every crazy request. I truly enjoy working with you and don’t know how we could pull the event off with out you. Thank you! 
– Nikki 

“We can’t thank you enough for all that you and your team at Baratta’s did for Strategic America’s event at the Downtown Library! The food was delicious and you were such a pleasure to work with!”
– Lori & Emily


Start with the homemade fried raviolis dipped in fresh marinara and follow it up with any number of Italian favorites. My favorite, by far, is the rich Amaggio where everybody’s in the pool including chicken, shrimp, bread crumbs, red peppers, mushrooms white wine, garlic, basil and even lemon. It doesn’t matter what you order here, you won’t be disappointed. We threw a 50th anniversary party here for my in-laws and they did a wonderful job handling the group of approximately 15 people.”
– D, Des Moines


I can’t tell you how much I love this restaurant. It is a family favorite of ours and we all love it! It might be in a not-often visited part of Des Moines, but once you are inside, you feel like you are in the Bronx . . . unfussy decor, AMAZING service and truly excellent red sauce Italian. I loved everything I’d tried here, but am especially partial to the Chicken Parmesan. We also can’t resist the chocolate cake. Can’t wait to go back!!! 
-Lucy, Des Moines

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