Restaurant Reviews


“I love this place! Always good food and a comfortable atmosphere!”

Samantha W.

“My favorite place to eat! Love Thursday’s prime rib night.”

Mary B.

“This is my favorite Des Moines restaurant. The ravioli is excellent and I recommend the pepper steak and chicken amaggio. ”

Matthew H.

“My family and I eat at Baratta’s at least once per week! The staff is super friendly and the owners, Lisa and Joe, treat you like family. Always a fun atmosphere and excellent food. We have used their catering service on multiple occasions. We will be lifelong customers of Baratta’s!”

Nikkole S.

“It is by far the best place to go for amazing food and an old school atmosphere.”

Jenny R.

“Probably the best Italian restaurant in town. Love this place!”

Nicholas P.

“Five-star all the way. Food is always good, staff is always friendly. They are very good about making accommodations for my father-in-law who is in a wheelchair. Great work guys, it’s always appreciated.”

Melissa F.

“If you love old school neighborhood Italian, this is your place!”

Al W.

“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.”


“I can’t tell you how much I love this restaurant. It’s 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’re in the Bronx, thanks to the unfussy decor, AMAZING service, and truly excellent red sauce. I loved everything I tried here, but am especially partial to the chicken parmesan. We also can’t resist the chocolate cake. Can’t wait to go back!”


Catering Reviews

“Our guests were impressed with the venue and food. 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.

“The food was FABULOUS. Everyone we talked to commented on how great it was! Very classy setup and staff. Good selection for the 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.”


“Working with Lora was the easiest part of our wedding planning. Before our initial meeting we were concerned Baratta’s would pressure us into adding on extras we didn’t want. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Lora was very understanding of our desire to keep it small and went way above and beyond just providing catering services. Since we didn’t have a wedding planner, she provided tips and feedback based on her experience in the industry, and she was available for any questions we had during the planning process. The food and the staff on our wedding day were top notch. We couldn’t have hoped for a better experience with a caterer.”

Ashley E.

“Thank you for all of your great work (and staff) for our wedding reception. Not only was the food delicious, but your staff was 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

“My husband and I recently used Baratta’s to cater our wedding and we had a great experience! Lora was wonderful to work with every step of the way and we cannot say enough good things about her. The food was amazing and our guests raved about it. The staff was friendly and the service was great. We would highly recommend Baratta’s to anyone.”

Laura S.

“We were so happy with 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 at how polite and helpful your staff was. Thank you so much for helping our special day be perfect!”

Ryan & Lacey

“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 when finding other vendors, plus they provide linens, place settings, etc., which helps save on time and money!”