Kansas City's Best Italian Restaurants

Lisa Waterman Gray

By , Local Expert, Kansas City
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Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Kansas City. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Kansas City restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Kansas City - Shawnee Mission, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

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    Jasper's Restaurant

    Nationally-acclaimed and a local legend, this establishment has built its reputation on impeccable service,...  Read more »

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    Fifteen years after it opened, Lidia's Kansas City still delivers delicious Italian cuisine amid warm and inviting surroundings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lidia's offers small $5 plates during Happy Hour (4 to 6 p.m.), including Amish Chicken Livers with Polenta and Crispy Onions, Lobster Arancine with Tomato Cream and Lobster Oil or Zucchini Fritti with Marinara. You can also order a beer, mixed drinks, wine or specialty cocktails and still spend only $10. "

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    Paulo & Bill

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: Shawnee Mission

    It's worth a road trip to Shawnee Mission just to sample the superb Italian fare served at this authentic...  Read more »

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    Garozzo's Ristorante Due

    When downtown business people feel the urge to indulge, this Old Country-style trattoria is usually the...  Read more »

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    Osteria Il Centro

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $16
    • Neighborhood: Country Club Plaza

    This Euro-style bistro enjoys a fine reputation among well-heeled sophisticates. Intrepid palates adore the...  Read more »

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    Carmen's Cafe

    Belly up to the dimly lit wooden bar, or take a seat in the lighter, artwork-lined dining room -- Carmen's...  Read more »

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    Although it now has several local branches, the original location of this deli and lunch spot is the most...  Read more »

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    Cascone's Italian Restaurant

    Cascone's has always strived to share the best possible version of their beloved Sicilian cuisine with appreciative patrons.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a great deal, check out Cascone's Early Special Menu. Available daily, the meal includes customer choice of 9 entrees (with beverage purchase), bread and butter, soup or salad and a small spumoni for dessert. "

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    The North End

    Local Expert Tip: "The earlier you arrive for a meal, the better. Parking along this quiet street can become pretty crowded during The North End's peak serving hours."

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    Avelluto's Italian Delight

    After 90 years, The North End has breathed new life and creativity into a tried and true menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Save some room for a traditional Italian dessert. Share an order of two cannolis with crispy shells and creamy ricotta filling, or rich layers of authentic Tiramisu. The restaurant also offers homemade Sfogliatelle -- classic Italian cheese pastries that resemble seashells, are filled with sweetened ricotta and punctuated with cinnamon."



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