The Boot - KC
As the head chefs and owners of The Boot, Aaron Confessori and Richard Wiles draw on Old World inspiration to craft a menu of simple, fresh Italian fare. Though their hand-made meatballs and house-made pastas evoke the rich flavors of the Tuscan countryside, they strive to gather their ingredients from sources closer to home. Kansas City staple Krizman’s House of Sausage, for example, supplies the restaurant’s italian sausage. If guests can pry their attention away from the seared skirt steaks or Prince Edward Island mussels on their plates, they will notice a dining room lined with exposed brick walls and capped with tin ceiling tiles. Long rows of wood-topped tables add a touch of the rustic to an otherwise contemporary setting, which Aaron and Richard styled after their favorite Italian dining spots. Hanging overhead lights cast a soft glow on the bar, whose tenders shake handcrafted cocktails, pour microbrews, and stage gladiatorial bouts with olive spears.