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Authentic Italian in KC?

We are looking for great (and authentic) Italian food in Kansas City. Whenever we are in town and want Italian, we also go to Lidia's. We love their food, but we need something different. Can any recommend a place that we should try? We would prefer something on the Missouri side, but will drive if it's worth it! Thanks!

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  1. Try Garozzo's at 526 Harrison. It's my favorite Italian place.

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    1. re: SuperCorona

      I have seen Garozzo locations in they neighboring Kansas City areas, have you tried them and think this particular location is better? It has been a restaurant. I have been meaning to try

      1. re: SuperCorona

        My word for Garozzo's is mediocre.

      2. There are a lot of red-sauce Italian restaurants in KC -- several excellent -- but I assume that's not what you're looking for, correct?

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        1. re: heatherkay

          You're exactly right! We aren't looking for red-sauce Italian. Something more authentic Italian and not so much American-Italian.

          1. re: elc515

            Then Osteria il Centro may be what you're looking for.

        2. We had a Garozzo's here in Wichita but it closed. It was very good. Except I hated the bread. It was cold with sesame seeds on it, and they serve it with cold butter. We would always hold the little foil packs over the candles so you could spread it.

          1. Accurso's - it is off of the Plaza, I think near Rockhurst University. LOVE it.

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            1. re: stellamystar

              Accurso's is at 51st and Main. It is a perfect example of what I meant by an excellent red-sauce Italian joint.

              Just catty-cornered is a popular place called Osteria il Centro. Very loyal following and more of an "authentic" place. I've never been, though.

              1. re: heatherkay

                My in-laws went to Osteria il Centro a few weeks ago and came back raving about it. For whatever that's worth.

            2. Anthony's at 701 Grand Ave or the original Garozzo's at 526 Harrison. At Garozzo's get the garlic dipping sauce, makes the bread taste much better.