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'Surprisingly'?? :-) There is a pretty large Italian population in Kansas City MO. At one time it had quite a few very good Italian resturants, and an equal number of Mafia soldiers.

The downtown location of the resturant is close (but not exactly) at the old River Quay development. This was a development to revitalize the Missouri Ditch, I mean River, in Kansas City. Many Italian eateries and drinking establishments opened there. However Mafia infighting resulted in entire buildings blown up, which pretty much doomed the project.

On the Kansas side of town, there is no such enclave because Johnson County is a well sanitized suburban development of shopping malls.


Here is a good reference on the River Quay area, and the violent KC Mafia.

Will Veber

By surprising, a lot of people who aren't familiar with Kansas City - the history or in general - think the only restaurants in the city are steak houses or barbecue.

For the longest time in the 70's and 80's, there were only a handful of Italian restaurants in the city.

With Garozzo's, Lidia's, Mezzaluna, Osteria and many other good ones coming along, the Italian food offerings in Kansas City have risen in a rather surprising and dramatic way over the past 15 years.

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