Allora's budget-friendly, homemade Italian cuisine
If you're looking for some homemade Italian eats without breaking the bank, head to Allora for lunch, the new Italian-inspired restaurant inside Krause Gateway Center.
State of play: The combo is a good way to go — it's similar to Panera Bread's "You Pick Two," but way fancier.
- Get a panini, soup and salad for $14 or pasta and salad for $11.
What I tried: "Porcine Dream" is a pasta in a creamy sauce with a little crisp and salty bits of porchetta and pancetta locally sourced from La Quercia and Berkwood farms.
- The star of the dish is the thick homemade pasta that's crafted in-house and has just a little bit of chew. You'll be sleepy after eating this, but definitely satisfied.
My dining partner got a chicken panini that contrasted well with the crisp bread and melty white cheddar cheese.
- The standout was the thick tomato basil soup that had a little bit of cheesy tang on top and was perfect for dipping.
Pro tip: There's some fantastic views and it's a great spot to stop and park if you're heading to a festival downtown.
Open: 11am-1:30pm Monday-Friday. Located at 1459 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
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