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Oct 8, 2006 10:53 PM

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.

          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.