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Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

35 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Romantic

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Cosi Cucina Italian Grill in Des Moines, Iowa was started in 1993. It quickly became a local favorite for wood oven pizzas, classic entrées, specialty pastas, fresh salads, homemade desserts and an impressive wine list. The entrance of Cosi Cucina Italian Grill is actually in the back, which ensures that you walk right by the open kitchen and gives the place a cozier feel like what you'd get from walking into a friend's house.

For an entrée at Cosi Cucina Italian Grill, there is the lobster pasta, potato ravioli and smoked chicken pasta. You should also consider the grouper, which is roasted in a wood oven and served with julienne vegetables.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 278-8148
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
William Bliss
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We will do our best to accommodate all orders with the notice that is convenient for you, however 48 hours is preferred.
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Cross street
2 blocks south of Hickman Rd
Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WDMdiner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the dessert presentation was beautiful - almost didn't want to eat it, it was so spectacular. But we did, and it was fabulous too!

EZ2PLS (Des Moines)
2.0  Dined on June 24, 2014

We went there encouraged by the reviews. The owner was friendly and we were promptly seated. The waiter was efficient but never smiled nor seemed to care. I had the special a rigatoni pasta with chicken. The chicken was dry, the pasta a little overcooked, the vegetables mushy and the the dish was bland. The bread was 2 flat soft rolls, cold and tasteless. The olive oil to dip it in was low quality and unspiced. The waiter offered grated parmesan and then stopped and disappeared after the most meager of servings. The salad was ala carte and not much to be said for it either. All in all a bland poorly cooked meal with surly service. Considering the quality, it was way overpriced. We shall not return.

HeavenlyFood (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2014

Food was excellent!! Had the lobster pasta - thought I died and went on. (That's a compliment!) Companion had the ribeye - excellent cut of meat but a little rare. Will definitely be back!!

Foodie (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2014

Just a delightful place to eat. Great food and excellent service

Foodie (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2014

We have been going to Cosi Cucina for 20 years. The food and service is always amazing. It is probably our favorite local restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2014

Great place, great smells ,great menu,great friendly service,great food,great desert,great coffee

Fitz1 (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2014

Wife and I enjoyed the food very much, waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Large serving, definitely get your value for the price! Regulars were known by the staff and everyone was warmly welcomed!!!!

MKBuds (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2014

Dined with friends to celebrate a graduation. Outstanding drinks, great menu selection and attentive wait staff. Meals delivered timely, hot and best of all - delicious!

SteveO (Des Moines)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Took my wife, mother and grandmother to dinner on a Saturday night (dinner the night before Mother's Day so as to not mess with the brunch rush the next morning). Restaurant was extremely busy but the service was timely and responsive. The caprese salad was excellent. We all ordered pasta dishes and the others enjoyed their Mushroom Pasta's (one with and one without shrimp) and Sausage Rigatoni. I got the Lobster Pasta that had several large pieces of lobster however the meat was salty (not sweet) and somewhat dried out. I was disappointed but the others enjoyed their meals so overall, better than average.

Luv2eat (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2014

Love, love, love the food! The toasted ravioli was amazing and so was dinner. Would be better if they served the yummy bread warm, and maybe some Italian spices mixed with the olive oil for dipping. Our waitress was a bit slow, but would go back!