Making Traditional Italian
A Des Moines Tradition
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 near downtown Des Moines. 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.
On South Union
Open for lunch and dinner, the original Baratta’s location has been a staple in Des Moines for years.
In The East Village
Temporarily closed, Café Baratta’s is located on the third floor of the State Historical Building.
Family Carry-Out Meals
Feed your entire family with a traditional Italian dinner, salad and bread included.
Restaurant & Catering Reviews
- Nick and the whole staff at Forte helped us create the most perfect wedding day. Nick was great to work with. They can do it all.Anna C.
- Always enjoyable! Great staffBob M.
- Great food and service!!Kris M.
- We had Barattas cater our wedding and had an amazing experience!! Highly recommend!Sarah K.
- fantastic experience. basement family room is worth a reservation months in advanceMichael B.
- wonderful food and great waitressTeresa Lynn J.
- Food is excellent. Ask for Melinda as your server. She was hilariousRoger A Gray... See 1 m.
- We had Barattas cater our wedding and we were so happy we did. They were so accommodating and helpful. I loved working with them.Jennifer R.
- delicious food and friendly staffSus B.
Host your Next Event With Baratta's
Des Moines Italian Catering & Events
Wedding & Formal Events
Invite our full-service Baratta’s catering staff to your upcoming formal event. Whether you host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or corporate evening at our own venue or elsewhere, you’re sure to find that we are your perfect fit.
In-House Banquets & Events
Be our guests as you host yours at a banquet in our Baratta’s South Union location or our Forte event space. View our special banquet menu options and give us a call to schedule your event.
Large-Group Catering Delivery
Perfect for employee lunches, a large family dinner, or anything in-between, Baratta’s offers specialized catering for large group orders. Make your food selection and we will deliver to your door!