Welcome to Chuck’s Restaurant....

Chuck’s is a Des Moines landmark serving excellent Italian American entrees since 1956.  Best known for thin crust pizza that is still made and baked in our store front window. The menu features family recipes and homemade Italian specialities using only the freshest ingredients. 

Owned by the Bisignano family since 1956 Chuck’s began a new era in 2014 with Emily Jones providing the leadership. Menu items and recipes remain unchanged while a new spirit can be found throughout the restaurant.  

Chuck’s offers a complete menu for dine in or take out featuring appetizers, salads, pizzas, grinders, Italian specialties, seafood and more.

For a great evening with family, friends or business associates add Chuck’s to your calendar.

Chuck’s Restaurant Has A New Owner

Feb 26, 2014 | by Lee Rood |


Emily Jones, a manager at Saints Pub in Beaverdale, is the proud new owner of a Des Moines institution: Chuck’s Italian-American Restaurant.

Jones purchased the Highland Park landmark after the death last November of its longtime owner Linda Bisignano. Bisignano contacted the Watchdog last September, saying cancer was getting the best of her and that she wanted to find a new owner for her family’s 58-year-old business.

Her cousin, Joe Bisignano, said Jones read that article and was one of several in the hospitality industry who expressed an interest in buying. Jones “is going to be very successful,” Bisignano said. “It’s very possible that some of the best years of the Bisignano family in the restaurant business and Chuck’s restaurant are still to come.”

Jones said Wednesday she had been to Chuck’s hundreds of times as a customer. But it wasn’t until she looked at the place alone as a potential buyer that she fell in love with the idea of owning it.

“I don’t want to replace Linda,” she said. “But I know how important a restaurant and small business can be in a community, and I want to continue the legacy.”

Jones said she will begin full-time at the restaurant on Monday, March 3, and close until Tuesday March 11. She said she plans to keep all the employees, and the food and music largely the same. The only change will be a new computer system.

Chuck’s got it’s humble start as a bar run by Chuck and Elizabeth Bisignano, and later became a family restaurant serving southern Italian fare, expanding as nearby property became available. Chuck’s brother, Alphonse “Babe” Bisignano, worked at the restaurant, but eventually opened Babe’s, a downtown fixture for a half century.

Joe Bisignano said Jones has considerable experience as a manager and the work ethic to continue Chuck’s success. And she has agreed to continue Linda’s biggest pet project: Feeding 3,500 hungry folks for free on Thanksgiving with the help of local churches and a team of volunteers.


CHUCK'S RESTAURANT • 3610 SIXTH AVENUE • DES MOINES, IA 50310 • 515.244.4104 • info@chucksdsm.com • chucksdsm.com
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