Italian Restaurants Delight From Kansas City's Urban Core to Suburban Chic

If you love Italian food you're in good company. We've done the leg work so that you can easily locate the best places available for top quality 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 have received great buzz and we showcase the restaurants that have consistently proven themselves over time. We've located bright and bustling neighborhood joints as well as sleek and sexy restaurants where Sinatra would fit right in. From lunch and dinner to dynamite happy hour pricing or magnificent weekend brunches, there's no shortage of quality Italian fare in this city. There are even a few spots where you can buy authentic Italian ingredients to enjoy at home. We also point out good neighborhoods where you can find Italian restaurants in this metropolitan area - from Kansas City, Missouri to Shawnee, Kansas. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Carmen's Cafe


Find a seat in the dimly lit wooden bar, or sit at a table in the artwork-lined dining room. Carmen's Café offers a comfortable environment with good acoustics, although lighting sometimes makes reading the menu a challenge. The staff is...  Read More

Shawnee Mission
Paulo and Bill


It's worth a road trip to Shawnee Mission just to sample the superb Italian fare served at this authentic trattoria. The upscale dining area features dark wood beams, recessed lighting, and Continental-flavored decor. Regulars rave about the...  Read More



Newly christened, in recent years, The North End takes a 90-year culinary tradition and infuses it with a new take on old favorites. This is a great place to find rib-sticking Italian appetizers, from Fried Meatballs to Crispy Artichoke Hearts...  Read More

Cascone's Italian Restaurant
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The original Cascone's has served classic Sicilian cuisine for 62 years, in a cozy space with a retro feel. Even when crowded during a weekday lunch hour, seating is quick, and service is typically fast, efficient and friendly. Manicotti...  Read More



Fresh pastas and sauces made from scratch, daily, as well as incredible cheesecake, make the original location of this popular deli a fun and flavorful neighborhood gem behind a quaint storefront. The restaurant even appeared on Food Network's...  Read More

Bella Napoli
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Providing Kansas Citians with authentic Italian ingredients, since 2016, there's always a hustle-and-bustle at this Brookside gem. And it can be downright exciting to sit in the midst of this deli-grocery-restaurant-beloved neighborhood...  Read More

Country Club Plaza
Osteria Il Centro


The well-executed homemade northern Italian fare at this Euro-style bistro is reminiscent of an intimate dining experience in Italy. Paired with a terrific Wine Spectator-awarded wine list and a host of Tuscan vintages, the Brookside restaurant...  Read More

Garozzo's Ristorante Due
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Located in Kansas City's historic Columbus Park 'Italian neighborhood,' dining at Garozzo's Ristorante feels like you have returned to the days of Prohibition. Sinatra croons, dark colors create cozy, intimate surroundings and family photos...  Read More

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Old Northern Italian recipes, tweaked for Midwestern customers and prepared with exquisite consistency, have characterized the Lidia's Kansas City kitchen since it opened in the sleepy Freight House District, during the late '90s. Now a romantic...  Read More

South Kansas City
Jasper's Restaurant
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The Mirabile family continues a Kansas City Italian culinary tradition initiated by their family, in 1954. Known for his boundless passion and energy, Chef Jasper and his staff offer traditional Sicilian dishes coupled with an Old-World vibe and...  Read More


Meet Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray moved to the Kansas City area 35 years ago and has written professionally for 20+ years. A member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, she's excited about the...  More About Lisa