Naples, Italy has given the world some unforgettable successes, from Enrico Caruso to Sophia Loren to Neapolitan Ice cream…the list goes on. But undoubtedly one of the most universally known and successful Neapolitan creations is pizza. Now, straight from the birthplace of pizza, South Sound diners can enjoy a delicious authentic wood-fired pizza, in a comfortable and casual family atmosphere at Prima Margherita in Des Moines. Owner Vincenzo Magliuolo hails from the seaside town of Pozzuoli on the bay of Naples, where he grew up as the fourth generation of a venerable family of restauranteurs. His maternal grandfather and family have always been in the restaurant business. It was there that Vincenzo’s mother and his uncle Peppe (who has several successful restaurants in the area), “grew up in the restaurant” as Vincenzo says, adding “it’s really in our blood. I have a passion for cooking. Now, at Prima Margherita I am following my passion and my dream.” Vincenzo’s passion is evident as he describes the style of cooking that is delighting lucky Des Moines patrons. “These are simple recipes, made with imported ingredients and fresh local produce, imported extra virgin olive oil-no butter. I have a customer that loves clams. She didn’t believe me when I told her there is no butter. So I showed her in the kitchen!” The star attraction pizza is made the traditional Neapolitan way, using only imported flour, water and fresh yeast for the dough. Personal 10” pizza hand tossed and baked in our wood fired oven giving the pizza a delicate, thin crust. Deliziosa! Additionally menu choices include fresh salads, delectable entrees, and desserts imported from Italy. You can also enjoy offerings from the full bar, including signature cocktails with romantic names like “Capri Dreams”, inspired by the blue of the famous Blue Grotta in Capri or the “Positano” with a subtle green hue. Happy hour specials starting at $3.00 for domestic beers and a delicious array of appetizers are available from 3-6 p.m. daily. As Vincenzo says, “I wanted to bring the real atmosphere of a Neapolitan Pizzeria, or “Trattoria” to Des Moines. A comfortable place with reasonable prices and great food, so you can enjoy coming often and seeing your friends.” Vincenzo invites all our reader to try out their hospitality including their new lunch for two, featuring one namesake Margherita pizza and two soups or salads for just $14.99 in addition to our Italian Panini Sandwiches. Check out their website for a full menu here and more inspiration at So what are you waiting for? Come see what everyone is talking about… and be sure to tell them “I saw it on the blog!” Prima Margherita is located at:

22636 Marine View Drive S. 
Des Moines, WA 98198
They are open for Lunch and Dinner daily at 11:00 a.m. Here are some photos from their recent ribbon cutting: primamargheritaribbon primamargheritahandshake primamargheritavincecops More info at, and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook:]]>

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2 replies on “Prima Margherita Brings Pizza with Passion to Des Moines”

  1. Growing up in Boston’s “Little Italy” my taste for Italian food became sharp and I am really particular, not easy to please when it comes to restaurant food, especially Italian. We have been to Prima Margherita dozens of times now and I am unable to find fault with anything. Ambiences, food offerings, service, presentation. variety of entrees, all are appealing and worth trying. What else is fine here is that you are not a customer or a client or even a visitor; you are family! This is what we were accustomed to in East Boston, where I swear, there were Italian Restaurants every hundred yards. Santarpio’s was the place to find the very best pizza though and they are still going strong. Now we have a new favorite in Des Moines and it is this Prima Margherita. As my cousin in Palermiti would invite, Alora mangiamo! C’mon, let’s eat! Just writing this makes me hungry for next visit …soon. Thank you Vincenzo, mollo bene grazi!

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