If you want "atmosphere," Chuck's is not your place. Frankly, the interior looks like it was last re-decorated when Truman was President. However, if you overlook that, you are in for a treat. Wonderful, wonderful Italian food, from veal and pan-fried chicken to pasta and delicious thin-crust pizza. They have great steaks, too, and mouth-watering appetizers. I have never had anything at Chuck's that was less than tasty. Yum, yum, and one more yum.
If you want an outstanding pizza, try Felix and Oscars. This is the only pizza place in Des Moines where we order a thick crust pizza. The thin crust pizza they offer is good as well. We prefer the Merle Hay location, most of the staff has been with the owner for years, and there is something to be said for loyalty. Good salads also, be sure and try the creamy parmesan.
I loved everything about this place! The food was amazing everyone was very nice and the drinks were nice and stiff!!!!!! I would defiantly recommend Baratta's to anyone I know!! The atmosphere was also very nice and quiet, a very romantic spot for your next date. All in all Baratta’s will have my business for a long time to come.