Above: Learn about local pizza from an expert—and from the guys who bake the pies—on an upcoming pizza tour.
By Wini Moranville
What are some of the stops? “There are so many great pizza restaurants in Des Moines, so we change the restaurants up with each tour,” says Meschini. “On past tours, we have visited Noah’s, Chuck’s, Red Rossa, Scornavacca’s, Papa Kenos and Gusto.”
I asked Meschini if, at some point, she revealed her favorite style of pizza—she is Italian, after all, and inquiring minds would love an “insider’s scoop.” She said that while she and Prosperi do have some favorites, the tour is really about trying new places and new varieties. “We spend a lot of time working with the restaurants to uncover their stories, like recipe origins, off-the-menu varieties, family stories, building histories, etc. This is the real insider scoop.”
Each tour costs $60 to $70 depending on the number in your party (save $10 if four or more sign up). Tours are limited to 17-24 people and start at 2 p.m. Get tickets and further details at Eventbrite.com.
P.S.: In case you haven’t heard, as reported on my All Things Food – DSM Facebook page, St. Kilda Cafe is expanding to a second location this spring. They’ll be moving into the former Starbuck’s space in the Temple for Performing Arts.
Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.