About us

Mariela Maya,
the owner of Panka

Welcome to something delicious. 

Our Chefs take food seriously, not just themselves.

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The “American Dream”

I am an immigrant. I was born in Lima, Peru in 1976 and moved to the United States in 2001 in order to achieve what many of you know as the “American Dream.” In times of economic difficulty, I looked for an opportunity of stability that I thought I would immediately find in the United States. However, that dream is romanticized, and it is not all that easy to achieve. Having grown up in a different country surrounded by a unique culture, it is difficult to suddenly immerse yourself in a community that is so unlike the one I had growing up.

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Book your table for a
memorable experience

We recommend making a reservation ahead of time. Book your table today!

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Let us cater
your next event

Your place or ours. Leave the worrying to us and we’ll leave the celebrating to you. Small size events to big functions; we surely got your back with our quality and efficiency. Call today and let us help you celebrate your next event




2708 Ingersoll Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA


Tuesday - Saturday:
8 am - 2 pm (Brunch)
5 pm - 9 pm
Sunday (Brunch)
8 am - 2 pm
Monday - Closed