On weekends, F?tbol Club Eatery & Tap opens at 7:30 a.m.?an unusually early time for most restaurants known for a healthy array of beers on tap and a pub-like atmosphere. But their hours reflect the F?tbol Club's primary passion: to champion the game of soccer at all levels. Surrounded by fellow fanatics and a head-spinning array of soccer memorabilia, fans flock to F?tbol Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch English Premier League games live and nosh on breakfast burritos or biscuits. Domestic soccer is also a big hit, as F?tbol Club often fills to standing-room-only during Sporting KC soccer matches.
Not to be left out of the soccer theme, the menu boasts items such as the Beckham Burger and Buckminster's balls?baked dough garnished with garlic butter and parmesan. When not transfixed by the soccer action on the indoor TVs, guests can head outdoors, where a large porch lets guests air their cleats out in the breeze. F?tbol Club donates 1 percent of all proceeds to local youth soccer clubs.
In 1925, the original Italian Gardens opened its doors. For nearly 80 years, it was a staple of downtown Kansas City, serving as a place for friends, families, and celebrities to meet, eat, and simply enjoy each other?s company. Though it closed in 2003, the restaurant?s from-scratch family recipes survived and became the source of its rebirth?this time, as a drive-thru-only establishment. Customers still stop by to collect pastas, lasagna, and Italian sandwiches. Today, Italian Gardens To Go lives on, doling out the same delicious food that made it through The Great Depression and a Dust Bowl that wiped out the nation's meatball crop.
On street corners from Texas to North Carolina, Johnny Brusco's Pizza serves up piping-hot slices of New York, and that's not whistling Dixie. It's not even kazooing Yankee. The franchise boasts a lineage that stretches back to 1965, when pie-smith Johnny Pace opened up his pizzeria just outside of Syracuse. Though the menu stays true to Johnny's classic style, today's crust-tossers aren't afraid to switch things up in modern style. Gluten-watchers can dig into a flour-free variant of the crust, and their specialties include such daring choices as a cream cheese pizza, a Philly-esque steak and cheese, and a zesty gourmet pie with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and artichokes. Outside of the round stuff, diners might select a summery strawberry-pecan salad, a classic plate of bruschetta with pesto, mozzarella, and marinara sauce, and a finger-licking dessert of cinna-knots.
Michael Garozzo entered the dining business early, working as a busboy in his hometown of St. Louis. His young mind raced with dreams of opening a restaurant of his own, which came to fruition in 1989, when he opened Garozzo’s in Kansas City’s Columbus Park neighborhood. Since then, the restaurant has bloomed, and he had opened three additional locations across the greater Kansas City area.
Garozzo’s menu of Italian specialties is highlighted by the signature spiedini di pollo, a marinated chicken breast rolled in italian breadcrumbs, then skewered and grilled. The dish is served in four presentations, which include the Gabriella, with fettucine and spicy diablo sauce, and the Samantha, with fettucine, artichoke hearts, and alfredo sauce. Adding to the exclusive ambiance is the restaurant’s own branded wine, served at each location. Garozzo’s popular house tomato sauce, diablo sauce, and italian dressing are also available in grocery stores across the city, and its distinctive pastas can be purchased in many high-end local wig shops.
At Mio, Executive Chef Julian J. Viso has designed a menu that highlights Italy's most beloved national dishes. He and his crew smother 10-ounce steaks in gorgonzola sauce, stuff ravioli with tender veal, and toss linguine with shrimp, scallops, and mussels. Imported red and white wines complement all of the above dishes, as do Italian-inspired cocktails like the classic negroni and the Hemingway, named after Ernest's long-lost Sicilian twin, Ernesto.
Family is important at Cascone's Restaurants?Johnny Cascone's in Overland Park and Cascone's in Kansas City?a fact illustrated by the portraits adorning their lobby walls and the relatives working side by side in the kitchen and dining room since the first eatery opened four generations ago in 1954. At Johnny Cascone's, the bill of fare hearken's back to the founding family's origin story in southern Sicily, with plates of grilled sweet Italian sausages, tender veal limonata, and savory eggplant parmigiana. Guests kick off fancy banquets and simple meals alike with appetizers such as pork neckbones in sauce or marinated olive salad before digging into main courses of seafood pasta, meatballs, or pork chops.