Food Critics: The Best Italian Dishes In Kansas City In 2019

Sep 17, 2019 281

Whether you begin a meal with "buon appetite" or "tuck in," Central Standard's Food Critics can point you in the direction of a hearty dish personalized to your palette. Pitch food writer Liz Cook says we're living in a good time to find a range of Italian cuisine. Prior to the early 1990s, she says, American perception of Italian dining was locked into the idea of cheap and plentiful pasta, leaving little room for fine dining.

"Starting around the '80s we see this regional shift where we're bringing in new dishes, and then Italian cuisine kind of becomes more in the fine dining realm. Now we’re seeing a little bit more of an interplay between those," Cook says. Sometimes a range is possible even under one chef, like at Ragazza, which recently moved from Westport to Main Street in the Southmoreland neighborhood.

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