When you come to Baratta’s, you really are home. In fact, the Baratta family once lived in the rooms where diners now gather for meals and special occasions. The family began their journey in the Des Moines food scene when they opened a small grocery store in the front of their home. Specializing in Italian foods and ingredients, the Baratta name became synonymous with traditional Italian recipes.
In 1993, the family sold the store and home to three local Lincoln High School alums, Joe Gatto and Curt and Lisa Kruger. Today, Joe and Lisa are continuing to maintain the charm of the original shop by serving classic Italian recipes daily, including lasagna al forno, steak deburgo, and cannolis. Through the years, a wide variety of flavors have been added, to include American cuisine as well.
Baratta’s has been a Des Moines staple for over 50 years and is always welcoming new guests to the table. With multiple locations now open, catering available, and take-out options, there are several ways to enjoy our menu. From celebrating anniversaries and birthdays to fueling kids up before football games and dances, Baratta’s is a tradition that keeps getting better.
Open for lunch and dinner, Baratta’s has been a staple in Des Moines for years when it comes to traditional Italian and American food.
Café Baratta’s, located on the third floor of the State Historical Building, serves lunch Monday-Saturday from 11am-2pm.
Restaurant & Catering Reviews
“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. It’s got a spicy, but sweet flavor that you will want to use your bread to get the last bit of. Make sure to get the creamy garlic dressing, but it can’t go without saying that the pepper cheese soup will have you jonesing for it daily. It’s thick, spicy, and altogether dreamy. There isn’t one thing on the menu I wouldn’t want to eat daily. Don’t be discouraged by its “tucked away” location—it’s DEFINITELY worth it!”Jessica J.
Wedding & Event Catering
Baratta’s Catering is at your service whether you need us for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, anniversary, or any other important event in your life. With a multitude of dining options, we’re sure you can find the perfect fit for your next event.
Off-Site Catering & Delivery Only
At Baratta’s, we understand that your time is valuable; that’s why we have a variety of takeout and delivery options available. Whether you need delicious Italian or American food for a meeting, family dinner, or anything in-between, we’re here!
Venues & Event Planning SErvices
Need Help Event Planning?
When you choose Baratta’s to cater your event, we can help with everything from the food to the linens. We’re more than a caterer; our experienced event planners can help you with every last detail!
Our Partner Venues
While we can cater any event at any location, we are also the exclusive catering partner with the State Historical Building, Forté Banquet & Conference Center, the Ramada Airport Hotel, and the Blank Park Zoo.
Our Catering Services
Keep in mind that Baratta’s offers more than event catering services—we have off-site and delivery as well. From conferences to family reunions and everything in-between, we can bring food right to you!
Already Selected a Venue?
Don’t worry, we can cater anywhere! If you’ve already selected a venue for your event, no problem. Let Baratta’s take care of the rest.