10 signature dishes in Des Moines
By Datebook Diner W.E. Moranville
Special to Datebook
Tony Lemmo gets harassed at the supermarket when he takes the Cappellacci con la Zucca off the menu during the warm months at his Café di Scala. Enosh Kelly notes that when he axed the skate wing from the offerings at Bistro Montage for just one night (Valentine’s Day), patrons asked him, “with a look of panic in their eyes” if the dish was gone for good.
And let’s not even imagine what calamities would come to pass if Jerry Talerico (pictured) took his famous cannelloni off the menu at Sam and Gabe’s.
Over time, certain dishes develop almost a cult following, emerging as a chef’s “you can only get it here” specialty that either nobody else does, or nobody else does better. And woe to the chef who tries to take it off the menu.
Here are 10 such dishes in Des Moines.