Are you a fan of authentic Italian cuisine? Are you in the mood for a plate of freshly made pasta or a slice of piping hot pizza? Look no further because we’re rounding up the crème de la crème of Italian restaurants.
So grab a fork, a knife, and a glass of Chianti, and join us on a culinary journey through the best Italian restaurants in Kansas City.
Dining at Garozzo’s Ristorante is an experience that transports you back to the days of Prohibition. The atmosphere, characterized by Sinatra music and dim lighting, creates a cozy and intimate ambiance.
You’ll understand why Garozzo’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in Kansas City, from stuffed artichoke hearts to ravioli and classics like lasagna with sausage and meatballs.
Don’t miss out on the signature Garozzo’s chicken spiedini. This original Garozzo creation is now an iconic Italian dish in the community. Recommendations include the ravioli, Samantha or Georgio chicken spiedini, and the tiramisu! Don’t miss out, this is some of the best Italian in Kansas City!
Top Review:“We love this place! Mike Garozzo and his restaurants have been such a staple of Kansas City for so long and with good reason. This location is without a doubt the best. The ambience the old-school approach, photos of famous people that have been in the restaurant make it just a unique Kansas City environment. Everything from the appetizers, salads, pastas to the original and famous Spiedinis all the food is great. Make sure to stop by the bar where are you will be well taken care of by Kate and Katie. If you’re visiting Kansas City this is a mandatory stop if you live in Kansas City it should be a regular stop.”
Top Review:“I FINALLY got around to trying Lidia’s after hearing rave reviews for years from all of my friends. They hosted a work event that some coworkers and I attended, and our choices were chicken, pasta trio, or steak. I chose the steak and let me tell you, TO DIE FOR!!! Even though they had to cook food for 50+ people, each plate was still cooked to perfection. My friends tried the pasta trio and the chicken and everyone loved what they got. Our starter was the Caesar salad, which of course was fantastic. For dessert (it looked so good I forgot to take a picture before digging in!) we got the tiramisu. It was so perfectly moist and sweet. Also- our server was delightful, he always had a smile on his face and was just SO friendly. I will definitely be back to try more items on the full menu!” – Erica G.
As a family-owned and operated business with over 60 years of history, Cascone’s top priority is its consistent quality. The menu items are all prepared in-house and never frozen, ensuring that every dish is made with the freshest ingredients.
The restaurant takes pride in its Sicilian roots with a distinct traditional Italian menu that delivers every time.
Top Review:“Where to start! Cascone’s was so delicious and the service was excellent. The nachos are so unique, I have never had anything like it. The meatball salad was amazing as was the Chicken Parm. Their sauce is a mix of sweet and tangy and I am so happy they ship! We ended with espresso martinis and they were some of the best I have ever had. The environment is so fun, we can’t wait to go back!” – Alison B.
They make everything in-house — from plates of pasta, mozzarella, and even their bread. Trezo Mare brings diners a taste of Italy, inspired by the sun-drenched farmhouses, fields, and vineyards, which makes it one of the best Italian restaurants in Kansas City.
Top Review:“My first stop for 2023 Restaurant Week and it did not disappoint! My best friend comes into town every year for RW and we loved Trezo’s dinner. We started out with some amazing goat cheese fondue, pretzel bites, and bruschetta! I had to eat the remnants of the fondue with my fork, it was so good. The bruschetta was so well done – perfect tomatoes and balsamic. We shared the short rib rigatoni and the braised short rib. My friend is allergic to shellfish and pork and they were so accommodating about leaving out the bacon with the brussels! Our service was great all night, no issues and fast. All of the short rib was melt in your mouth tender. The horseradish gravy w potatoes was unexpected but really good! For dessert we got the creme brulee and the chocolate bar – the bar was the clear winner with the peanut butter crispy base and light mousse! Trezo Mare is lovely inside – I had only had brunch on the patio before. Some people were more casual than I expected but we had fun dressing up for a fancy dinner! Would love to come back and try some more items on the menu.” – Emily K.
Top Review:“Amazing as always! My family + I have been dining here for a few years now + not one time have we been disappointed! Every time I get cheese tortellini or fettuccini alfredo! I love both and their tiramisu is some of the best I’ve had. You order at the front and are given a number where the food is brought to your table. I also love the touch of family photos around the restaurant, it provides a nice homey vibe!“ – Avrie G.