Eatery/A is Des Moines' destination for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Perfecting simple dishes that focus on local, quality ingredients, we strive to offer our guests exotic flavor profiles that let the ingredients take center stage.
Eatery/A is filled with reclaimed wood from central Iowa–a testament to our roots and a celebration of the transformative power of wood and smoke.
The centerpiece of our kitchen is a wood-burning oven, where we create simple and fresh Mediterranean-style pizzas and sides.
Join us for a truly unique dining experience with friends and family and enjoy a range of dishes designed to share. Take a seat in our dining room, at the bar, or on our spacious patio for a chance to enjoy brunch (Fri.-Sun.), dinner, and the best happy hour in town - pizzas, draft brews, and wines half-off every day from 3pm-6pm.
JASON SIMON, OWNER
In 2008, Jason founded Alba in Des Moines’ East Village with a small budget and a hunger for contemporary American cuisine. Years later, he set his sights on a new kind of restaurant–one that would serve light, delicious fare from across the sea. In Spring 2014, Eatery/A was born. Jason led the vision for the back-to-basics menu and décor, celebrating both the simple, fresh ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine and his Iowa roots.
NIC GONWA, CHEF
Nic has worked with Jason at Alba since day one—almost eight years. Now, he’s running the show at Eatery/A. At home, Nic enjoys making anything with dough, including pizza and pastas. In 2015, Nic was a semi-finalist James Beard Nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Originally from Des Moines, Nic enjoys sweet flavors with a touch of balance.
Jason’s two cents: "I love how hardheaded Nic has become—now even I can’t argue with him. It shows that he's moved past the comments of others."
KEITH JOHNSON, SOUS CHEF
Keith, a Des Moines native, feels at home when he's in the kitchen. Growing up, his mother was his source of inspiration as a professional cook. Keith later started in the restaurant industry and worked his way through almost every possible position before circling back to his true passion for cooking. Keith loves to bring that at-home feeling through in his work. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.
JARED HESS, GENERAL MANAGER
Jared is Des Moines native who has always had an appreciation for food. He was a science and mathematics major at DMACC and Iowa State University. He has worked in the service industry for years, first as a table games dealer at Prairie Meadows Casino and in the last few years as a sever and bartender. Jared has always had a competitive attitude which he utilizes to create inventive competitions and friendly wagers for himself and the staff of Eatery/A. In his free time he likes to run, hike, play sports, and try new foods.
MOLLY CALDAS, OPERATIONS MANAGER
Raised on a central Iowa farm, Molly has always been drawn to adventure. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cultural Anthropology, Spanish, and Business. There, she developed international perspectives through her many trips abroad, realizing that people are more alike than different. Molly has spent years in the local restaurant scene, and has found that a way to express her passion for culture is through her belief that food is family. Molly enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog, being outdoors, and creating food and drink combinations in the kitchen.