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Best Italian Restaurants in Kansas City

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Lidia's Kansas City

Those who like authentic Italian food savor every bite at this upscale restaurant. Diners would never guess this restaurant is housed in a former freight depot. Many diners come just to see how New York restaurateur Lidia Bastianich has transformed the place. The service is excellent and the Northern Italian entrees, including Lidia's Pasta Tasting, a sample of three seasonal pasta dishes, are mouthwatering. Its charm and elegant atmosphere add an element of romance to an already top-notch setup.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Osteria Il Centro

This Italian eatery is consistently rated as one of the best places to try plates from 'the Boot' not only by local critics, but by international ones like Zagat and Bon Appetit as well. The menu is extremely simple and succinct, where the kitchen blends two or three items at best. This simplicity is marked with primi piatti (small plates) such as Shrimp over Artichokes, Bruschetta with olives and capers and a Caprese salad made with fresh 'Bufala di Mozzarella'. For dinner, their succulent Veal Piccata served with melt-in-your-mouth rosemary garlic mashed potatoes is one of their best options. The wine list is also extensive, where you will find rotating varietals from Italy and beyond, and for dessert, you will find favorites like Tiramisù and Spumoni.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Cascone's Italian Restaurant

Established in 1954 by the Cascone family, who still own and operate what are now three locations, this restaurant offers a full dinner menu and a cocktail lounge. Etched glass windows at this location create a cozy atmosphere and give diners privacy. The service is excellent. The restaurant offers a full array of appetizing pasta dishes. Although a popular place for intimate gatherings and business luncheons, it is also a place where families feel at home.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Jasper's

This local favorite features a rustic Italian décor, a warm fireplace and outdoor dining overlooking a creek. Although it is upscale and romantic, with servers dressed in tux shirts and ties, diners dress casually and the atmosphere is relaxed. This restaurant also connects to an adjoining market where diners can enjoy sandwiches. Entrees include shrimp scampi, lobster, chicken and KC strip. This award-winning restaurant, a Kansas City favorite, is perfect for business meetings and romantic occasions.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Paulo & Bill Ristorante

Business patrons looking for a quiet, classy place to dine will love this spot in Shawnee Mission. Offering a great wine list, flavorful food and outdoor seating, this moderately priced Italian restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Although the ambiance is more on the romantic side, children are welcome. Entrees include Pizza, homemade Ravioli, Osso Bucco and more. Sandwiches come with Paulo's famous homemade potato chips. This is a great place for business luncheons or intimate gatherings.

Shawnee Mission, KS, United States
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