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Does Kansas City have any good Italian dives?

We love Italian, but tired of the chains, are there any good hole in walls Italian places, that we can get a good plate of spaghetti and nice bottle of wine.

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  1. Our favorite Italian "plate of pasta and bottle of wine place" is Anthony's on Grand between 7th and 8th. A nice house salad is offered and lots of different pastas to choose from. There are good non pasta entrees as well. Get the stuffed artichokes to start.

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    1. re: zataar

      A second vote for Anthony's as a good Italian dive. And another vote for that massive stuffed artichoke, too.

      Just to enhance the dive factor, most evenings there's a crooner roaming around from table to table.

    2. Acurso's at 51st & Main certainly qualifies. The bar area is the best. Dim lighting, sports on TV, Sinatra on the sound system and well-prepared Italian comfort food. Nothing better on a chilly, wet evening.

      1. Not sure I'd call it a dive, but Carmen's in Brookside is very good.

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        1. re: chileheadmike

          Carmen's has my vote as well. They have the best alfredo I have ever eaten.

        2. Cupini's, the options are great and prices are cheap. It is on Westport Road, headed west. http://www.cupinis.com/

          Part deli, part grocery store.

          1. Ah, also Bella Napoli opened a pasta and pizza place in what used to be Breadsmith in Brookside. Check that out for authentic pizza.