The disparate sounds of softly clinking wineglasses, cheering sports fans, and rhythmic dance beats simultaneously emanate from Kansas City's eclectic entertainment district, Martini Corner. With six locally owned hot spots ranging from Barrell 31, Sol Cantina, and Empire Room to Haus, a German sausage joint with European beers on tap, Martini Corner offers something for revelers of all kinds, including several DJs. (And there's always plenty to eat, with eclectic options such as The Drop Bistro's list of nearly a dozen global takes on bruschetta.) Free parking keeps this thriving neighborhood hub accessible.
At nighttime, you can see Milano Italian Dining's dining room glowing through its glass walls long before you smell its steaks, sauteed shrimp, and grilled salmon. The restaurant has as much elegance in its architecture as it in its food, sporting a design from the award-winning Aumiller Youngquist firm that looks out on Crown Center's iconic 25-foot spouts of fine white wine. Entrees run the gamut of Italian classics, from brick-oven margarita pizza to shrimp scampi to cornmeal-dusted calamari with pepperoncini, cherry peppers, and spicy marinara.
Pizzabella, of Kansas City, features wood-fired pizza, and a range of other delectable dishes, made from local ingredients. With an inviting and open dining room, restaurant goers are sure to be wowed. The list of antipastas impress with a variety of gorgeous greens, a Calamari Salad, and Wood Fired Mussels. Pizzabellas signature pizzas delight with Margherita, Prosciutto, Leek, and Potato pies. Finish off your meal with Tiramisu, Gelato, or Little Freshie Floats. Round out your dinner with a selection from their seasonal beer and wine menus. Pizzabella also offers a happy hour from 4-6 pm Monday-Friday with pizza appetizers and drink specials.
Grinders serves a wide range of sandwiches, barbecue, salads, and New York-styled pizza. The most famous, rather infamous, item on their menu is their Death Wings. What is a Death Wing, you ask? The spiciest spicy wings you will ever experience. With your choice of dipping sauce. Grinders offers an extremely long list of beer possibilities, and it is always changing in order to include the best of the best and the most interesting. Stop by grinders in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City and pick up a little or a lot of something to eat. Try not to burn your tongue on those wings.
If you’re on the art prowl in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District and get a hankering for a slice of real New York style pizza, stop in at the excellent Art of Pizza. When the weather’s fine, try to snag a table on their open-air patio; otherwise, hang out inside in the laidback and hip atmosphere of the restaurant. Make sure to get an order of the garlic knots to start off your meal, and follow up with an authentically thin crust pizza—the whole pies come out at a whopping 18 inches. If you’re a fan of meat, try a slice of the Meataholic, which comes piled higher with pepperoni and other delights than you ever thought possible. Non-pizza options are equally good, especially the muffuletta sandwich. Who knew art could be so delicious?
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.