Heirloom Paintings Launch Party at Dodici’s Shop

Join us this Friday, March 16 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dodici’s Shop for the launch party of the year!

Help us kick start our new venture – Heirloom Paintings Business – transforming digital photographs into timeless heirloom paintings and receive a discount on your favorite beverage! Stop by the shop any time this week to sign into your Facebook account, “like” our page, and receive .50 cents off a drink of your choice (alcoholic beverages excluded).

Friday, March 16 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., enjoy a wine and beer tasting with complimentary appetizers and stick around for live music starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring battle of the bands first place winner “Manhattan Project.” This is a free show. Tips and donations are accepted and will help the group fund a CD recording of their music.

Heirloom Oil Paintings can turn any photo into a work of art!

Send us any digital photo, scanned picture from back in the day, or a combination of foreground and background in two separate pictures and we will have our artists convert it into a real painting! Whether you want a portrait of yourself, your friends, family or even pets, Heirloom Paintings transforms photos into paintings to be treasured for generations. Our authentic paintings are made to resemble classic old world oil paintings.

Now you can cherish forever those images that look so dull in normal digital photos. We can enhance the colors and contrasts, photoshop the defects you want to eliminate, and then have one of our artists make a beautiful painting out of the result!

Your old high school pictures, your son or daughter’s graduation, your wedding; basically any memorable moment caught on camera or simply any photo you love! Immortalize your favorite pet, make a milestone out of that forgotten best picture of you from your teens… Check out our family’s portraits hanging on Dodici’s Shop walls!

The possibilities are endless; you can combine any element with a different background, any face with a different body (imagine your face adapted to a portrait of Henry the 8th, or your daughter’s version of the Mona Lisa!) Our artists can convert your imagination into a timeless painting to frame and pass on to your heirs (hence the name).

The service will be competitively priced with fast delivery, perfect for unforgettable gifts, graduation or wedding presents, even for the friend who has everything.

More information with images of our work and contact information can be found at:

Please feel free to contact us for any more information regarding Heirloom Paintings at

Thank you so much for your support and see you Friday!

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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


March Fun at Dodici’s Shop

Upcoming events at Dodici’s Shop!!

Local band Truheart will be performing this St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. The group will be playing Irish and Celtic sounds using the penny whistle, violin, guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki. No cover!

Stop by Dodici’s Shop on Friday, March 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. to check out Miche Bags and Silpada Jewelry designs! They will be there also Saturday, March 24 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. That day Mary Kay products will also be available for purchase.

Can’t make it? Shop Online! Visit for Miche Bags, for Mary Kay, and for Silpada Jewelry Designs (make sure to click on “Dodici’s Shop” as your hostess – even after the event!).

Come to Dodici’s Shop on Friday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. and catch a special performance by singer-songwriter Dustin Blank! CDs will be available for purchase before, during, and after the show.

Dustin Louis Blank is an Iowa born singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His unique performance style has been compared to a variety of inspiring musicians including Leonard Cohen, Jim Morrison, Jeff Buckley, Tom Petty, David Grey, and Nick Drake. He is known for versatile vocals, driving rhythms, and colorful melodies. His songwriting recipes incorporate flavors of flamenco, island, jazz, blues, rock, pop and ragtime. Check out his website:

Remember – Dodici’s Shop hosts open mic every Friday night starting at 6:00 p.m. Come show off your talent or support local musicians while enjoying a Bombay Spice, cold brew, glass of wine, or $3 peach smoothie! To sign up email, call 319.653.4712, or just stop in!

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


Annual Iowa Source Readers’ Choice Restaurant Contest

Vote for your favorites at
Enter to win prizes and have your personal “restaurant story” published in the March issue of The Iowa Source.

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Events


Sweet Valentine Treats

Order Julianna’s Sweet Satisfaction goodies for your Valentine at Dodici’s Shop. Call 319 653 4712 or stop in to order your personalized cookies, cupcakes, cakes just for 2 or cake pops- the latest trend in the baking world. Choose from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet or strawberry, or try her famous almond cookies. Order now for pick up on Tuesday February 14th

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Great deals


Wine Tasting Dinner

Party it up Dodici style and join us for this Six Course Meal with Italian Wine Pairing

Thursday February 2nd at 7pm

Shrimp and Salmon Cake – Wild Alaskan Salmon and Black Tiger Shrimp with panko bread crumbs oven-baked and served with pepper aioli. Paired with Adami Prosecco

Frangelico Salad – Organic field greens tossed in orange-Frangelico vinaigrette with fresh oranges and toasted hazelnuts. Paired with Inama Vin Soave

Pasta Tricolore – Cauliflower and garbanzo beans sauteed with garlic-infused olive oil over pasta tricolore. Paired with Scaia Corvina

Veal Involtino – Veal filets rolled with Italian sausage and provolone cheese. Served with polenta topped with mushroom ragu and caramelized brussel sprouts. Paired with Badia a Coltibuono ORGANIC Chianti Riserva

Formaggio –  Local cheese complimented by house-made Aronia berry jam. Paired with Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Dessert – Culinary delight to be revealed. Paired with Scaia Garganega-Chardonnay

Call 319 653 4012 for Reservations or e-mail

$60 per guest

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Events


Cupcakes at Dodici’s Shop


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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


Sunday Brunch Special!

Join us in celebrating Cafe Dodici’s first Sunday Brunch of 2012! As a special we will be offering our Strata – Italian style quiche, with a beverage (coffee, decaf, ice tea or soda) and Alessandro’s Lemon Chantilly Cream Parfait for dessert, for only $11.12!

Special is valid Sunday January 8th, 2012 11am-2pm. Price does not include tax or gratutity.

Call 319 653 4012 for Reservations.

Remember every Wednesday evening we offer select pasta dishes for only $12.12

On Thursday evenings bottles of wine are half off!


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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


Wednesday Pasta Night at Cafe Dodici

Come into Cafe Dodici’s Wednesday evenings and enjoy our pasta features for only $12.12

Wednesday January 4th our pasta features will be:

Carbonara – An Italian classic of spaghetti tossed with cottage bacon, Parmesan cheese and eggs.

Tortellini Bianco – Stuffed tortellini tossed in a parmesan cream sauce with peas and prosciutto. Choose from cheese, beef or a little of both.

Rossini – Select ground beef, pork and sausage in a hearty house-made tomato sauce coupled with cream and red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita -Tender bites of chicken breast sautéed with onion, red & yellow bell peppers in a fajita seasoned cream sauce over penne pasta

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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cafe Dodici’s New Year’s Eve Menu

Happy New Year!


Duck Wings  – Four wings oven-baked with a house-made BBQ glaze, served with BBQ on the side and gorgonzola crumbles 9.12

Scallops – Pan-seared on a bed of arugula, topped with prosciutto and drizzled with a balsamic reduction 12.12

Parmesan Artichoke Dip – Served warm with crunchy crostini bread for dipping 8.12

Tuscan Tray – A mosaic of Prosciutto di Parma, Tuscan salami and smoky Black Forest German salami; paired with brie en croûte, fresh mozzarella, herb-encrusted goat cheese, and mascarpone & Gorgonzola torta; complemented with Mediterranean olives, grapes and crostini bread 28.12; Meat only tray 20.12; Cheese only tray 20.12

Bruschetta – French baguette topped with our house-made pesto, chopped Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced eggplant and Asiago cheese 10.12

Baked Brie – Brie cheese encased in a puff pastry with orange-cranberry relish and oven baked 9.12


Entrees – Served with vegetables of the day and whipped potatoes

Ahi Tuna – Ruby red tuna filet pan-seared and topped with a fresh mango-ginger chutney 26.12

Duck – roasted half duckling and served with an orange-rosemary glaze 26.12

Chicken Roulades“100 things you have to eat before you die” Des Moines Register 2006. A lightly breaded breast of chicken stuffed with spinach and smoked gouda, oven-baked and topped with a honey-Dijon glaze 21.12

Ribeye – 10oz. rib eye, grilled and topped with a compound-basil butter 23.12

Filet Mignon – 8oz Filet grilled and encased in a red bell pepper with melted brie cheese 28.12

Pork Chop – Smoked bone-in Iowa pork chop topped with cherry tomatoes and Tuscan

white cannellini beans 19.12

Surf n’ Turf – 6oz grilled filet topped with béarnaise sauce and paired with a steamed lobster tail with butter for dipping 32.12

Veggie Delight –  Sautéed organic baby spinach with olive oil & pine nuts, grilled zucchini with olive oil & fresh basil, pomodoro & pepper gratin baked with herb bread crumbs, fried eggplant nuggets displayed around a brie wrapped in a puff pastry and oven-baked or mushroom stuffed ravioli in a rosé sauce with mozzarella cheese 19.12


Scottish Salmon – Hickory and apple-wood smoked salmon filet from Scotland, sustainably raised and free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. Over tagliatelle tossed in a fresh tomato puree and creamy Asiago cheese sauce 26.12

Ravioli –  Classic spinach and ricotta cheese stuffed ravioli served with a caprese sauce made with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella or with Rossini sauce – our meat sauce coupled with cream 17.12

Chicken Lemon Pasta –  Tender bites of chicken sautéed in a lemon cream sauce with organic baby spinach over penne 18.12

Spaghetti and Meatballs – Hearty house-made Italian meatballs served over spaghetti and pomodoro sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and oven-baked 19.12

Pesto Tortellini – Cheese stuffed tortellini in a pesto cream sauce with fresh mozzarella 17.12

Lobster Ravioli – In a red pepper cream sauce topped with a lobster tail 26.12

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Cafe Dodici will be featured on Living Social this

Friday December 16th through Sunday December 18th, catch your chance to purchase

$30 Gift Certificates for only $15!!!!!

Visit Friday December 16th – Sunday December 18th

Purchase $100 worth of Gift Certificates directly from us at Cafe Dodici and receive a $10 certificate FREE!

Call 319 653 4012 to purchase, we will mail the certificate directly to you or to the recipient of the gift.

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Uncategorized