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In 1963, Vita and Jay Totta opened up their cozy café with a small counter, three tables, and four booths. Within three years, the couple’s following of loyal diners had overgrown their modest space, and they expanded to a larger location with more than twice the seating capacity of the original café. Another steady increase in popularity led the Tottas to create V's Italiano Ristorante as it stands today, which includes a spacious dining room, three private banquet rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. When designing and building the restaurant in 1971, Jay—a professional architect—focused on creating an Old-World atmosphere where guests could enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to romantic candlelight dinners with their tax auditors. Patrons may also venture out to the restaurant's garden patio, where they'll eat by a stone waterfall and under the vines of a grape arbor originally planted by Vita's father.
Tucked inside Harrah's North Kansas City Casino, Mike Garozzo & Charlie Gitto's Italian Restaurant entices taste buds with a menu of authentic Italian dishes served in a dimly lit dining room with exposed brick. Napkins can clock in for appetizer shifts, where they labor to protect laps from toasted-ravioli crumbs ($8.95) or drips of pesto from the flash-fried mozzarella milanese ($6.95). Plates of signature chicken spiedini land on the eatery's white tablecloths buddied up with a choice of cargo, such as amogio sauce ($16.95), spicy diablo sauce ($17.95), crushed tomato sauce and angel-hair pasta ($17.95), or alfredo sauce and arthichoke hearts ($18.95). Guests can reward their jaws for dutiful service or learning to crack through whole coconuts by shoveling in chicken parmesan with fontina cheese ($16.95) or six sheets of homemade lasagna ($15.95).
Within a welcoming space accented with landscape murals and Roman busts, the friendly staff of Anthony's Restaurant & Lounge serves up classic Italian cuisine. Chefs tenderize, slice, and roll steak to create Bruzzaluni, insulating each protein-rich sleeping bag with a romano-cheese stuffing ($17.95). Traditional dinner entrees, including lasagna ($14.95) and fettuccine alfredo with peas and mushrooms ($13.95), encompass noodles and an abundance of sauce.
After a career of playing professional baseball, Bill Kelso hung up his jersey, tied on his apron, and started the original Kelso’s Pizza in 1969. Located near William Jewell College, the pizzeria quickly became a favorite haunt of the Chiefs players while they attended training camp. Despite relocating the restaurant, the current owners, Jeff and Kelly, still honor their father’s storied sports legacy; vintage photographs, jerseys, and generations of family trophies line the dining room’s walls while six flat-screen televisions play live sports broadcasts or chat with each other about their fantasy baseball teams.
Kelso’s Pizza strives to be more than a sports bar, though. Instead, the family emphasizes serving pizzeria staples in a family-friendly environment. The menu brims with baseball-themed names, like the Grand Slam pizza with eight hearty toppings—including sausage, mushrooms, and julienned stat sheets—and a host of toasted sandwiches, such as the Pennant Winner, a roast beef delight oozing with melted provolone and Kelso’s buttermilk dressing.
Santora's pie masters craft 17 gourmet and signature pizzas entirely from scratch, tossing each crust by hand, slathering it with house-made sauce, and festooning the savory circle with fresh-cut vegetables and locally sourced meats. The margarita pizza begins with a zesty pesto base before piling on fresh slices of tomato, garlic, and basil, whereas Lil Anthony's 8 Cheese pie showcases a gooey synthesis of romano, parmesan, feta, alfredo, mozzarella, cheddar, smoked provolone, and the shop's signature herb blend. Juliana's Taco pie disguises all the components of a taco—salsa, refried beans, fresh ground beef, and sour cream—into a form that is easier to share, but harder to hide under a derby hat. Alternatively, uncover the cornucopia of veggies, pepperoni, hamburger, italian sausage, meatballs, and canadian bacon cleverly concealed beneath the Mamma Mia pizza's extra heap of golden cheese.
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.