Italian Restaurants in Altoona

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The culinary fusionists at Yanni's Grill & Vineyards meld vivacious flavors of Greek and Italian cuisine in cozy rooms adorned with murals and sparkly white lights. Peruse a bilingual dinner menu, and untangle hunger pains over uncomplicated plates of buttery garlic knots ($3.95/10 pieces). Sip carafes of wine while servers engage in culinary pyrotechnics with flaming plates of signature saganaki ($5.95). Yanni's signature penne careens down throat canals, gliding along thanks to a tomato-cream sauce and accompanied by sidecars of sweet peas, mushrooms, and ham ($12.95). The chef's coastal lineup of fresh fish ($15.95–$17.95) tempts seafaring folks, who may jump back on shore at the sight of the signature steak Deburgo and its 10-ounce crown of beef medallions bejeweled in wine, mushroom, and basil sauce.

3160 8th Street Southwest
Altoona,
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There's a dish to satisfy every taste at Spaghetti Works, where diners can customize meals to their hearts’ and mouths’ content. Plates of fettuccini or whole-wheat mostaccioli can be enjoyed with sweet italian sausage, beer-cheese sauce, and a wide variety of other toppings. Meanwhile, the restaurant's cooks also prepare classic Italian dishes, such as homemade lasagna and shrimp scampi, and craft gluten-free pizzas and pasta bowls. Diners can cap meals with beer, wine, a cocktail, or more than 20 flavors of Italian sodas.

Known as a family-friendly establishment, Spaghetti Works delights both children and adults with its quirky decor. All three locations feature red-checkered tablecloths and vintage model T trucks, the backs of which hold salad bars with all the fixings. And at all three locations, guests can admire the setting sun from an outdoor patio—a sight almost as beautiful as that of a kitten hatching from its shell.

310 Court Ave
Des Moines,
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The chefs inside Godfather?s Pizza?s kitchen crown Original, Thin, Mozza-Loaded, and Gluten-Free crusts with fistfuls of more than 15 meat and veggie toppings. Predesigned pies simulate the flavors of other foods in configurations such as the Bacon-Cheeseburger Pizza with beef, bacon, cheddar, pickles, and onions. Sandwiches and hot wings round out feasts. In the dining room at some locations, ice clatters cheerily from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, which dispense more than 100 flavors of soda as well as resum? advice for robot bartenders. Delivery drivers bustle past, filling orders or toting catered fare, and Godfather?s Pizza brims with happy chatter during field trips that introduce students to the pizza-creation process.

4119 University Ave
Des Moines,
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Angelo's Pizza's sunlit dining room fills with the aroma of thin crust pizzas baking and Cincinnati-style chili simmering. As specialty thin crust pies rise within a vintage 1947 oven, pots of what the Des Moines Register called "great melting pot chili" bubble on stoves. In the Cincinnati tradition, customers can order the sweet, thin concoction with cheese, spaghetti, diced onions, kidney beans, or shredded Ohio road atlases. Co-owner Mark Nicola brought the dish to the restaurant, drawing on his childhood devotion to the Cincinnati Reds and fondness for their home city's unusual breed of chili.

105 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines,
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The chefs at Cheese Castle Pizza hand-hurl dough sky-high, preparing nine specialty pies that headline a menu of cheesy sub sandwiches, house-made baked beans, and piping hot pastas. Classic or thin-crust foundations anchor pizzas slathered in a traditional, spicy, or alfredo sauce and peppered with fresh toppings that include ham, mushroom, and sauerkraut ($5.39+). The taco pizza’s blend of Mexican-spiced ground beef, cheddar, and nacho chips throws sensory fiestas for taste buds ($8.69+), and the ham- and pineapple-flecked hawaiian pizza ($6.49+) evokes a seaside luau without the mandatory dance breaks and sand-filled socks. Alternatively, peruse the menu at BurgerTime and SpeedyTaco, which pairs 100% Angus beef burgers with tacos sheathed in hard, soft, and flour shells. Single- ($3+), double- ($4.25+), and triple-stacked ($5.75+) patties lay a foundation for bacon, mushroom, and swiss architecture alongside chimichanga abodes leased to steak and chicken tenants ($3.75). Today’s deal can be used for dine-in, carryout, or delivery, offering homebound guests an appetizing alternative to the imaginary crumpets served at children’s tea parties.

1101 Army Post Rd
Des Moines,
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Located along scenic Copper Creek Lake, Bella Italia satisfies both eyes and appetites with classic Italian pastas and piping-hot pizzas and calzones. Diners inaugurate meals by proposing the marriage of taste buds to flavor with a crunchy order of mozzarella sticks ($5.99). Pastas such as the fettuccini alfredo with chicken ($12.99) cosset mouths with homemade sauce silkier than the Olympic ribbon-dancing tryouts.

4450 E University Ave
Pleasant Hill,
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