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Food and wine so good, it improves the conversation


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It’s official: Osteria IL Centro was chosen in November by restaurant review firm Zagat as The Best Italian Food in Kansas City! Our loyal customers love our atmosphere – intimate and cozy, yet vibrant and elegant. Osteria IL Centro is the kind of comfortable neighborhood venue one would find scattered throughout the Mediterranean.  Awarded a 28 out of 30 by Zagat, you’re certain to enjoy our pleasing medley of Italian cuisine featuring pasta, meat, fish and vegetable dishes as well as the perfect wine to accompany your meal. Indulge at Kansas City’s (former) best-kept secret, and the new #1 home for Italian cuisine in KC: Osteria IL Centro.

We invite you to relax and unwind in our carefree atmosphere, settle in with one of our flavorful appetizers – or enjoy one of our exceptional Italian entrees, pizzettes or salads.

Or, share a fine reserve bottle from our Wine Spectator â€œBest of Award of Excellence” wine list. No matter what you choose, our upscale-casual neighborhood bistro atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to create an evening to remember. A local South Plaza favorite – where the food and wine are so good, it actually improves the conversation!

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At 51st and Main next to Minsky's Pizza
Midtown, South Plaza

Convention and Busienss Bureau

Missouri Restaurant Assoc.


IL Centro

Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Caterers, Wine Bars
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Italian, European, Continental, Wine Bars

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Bike Parking: Yes


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This review is long overdue. IL Centro is one of my favorite spots in Kansas City for good wine and amazing Italian food. It has a certain charm and coziness to it that is hard to find. Plus their wine list is phenomenal. I highly recommend the Veal Piccata and the Lamb Chops. Also be sure to have Brent pick out a glass of wine (or two) for you.


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Worst Food in KC

This is most definitely the worst place in KC. I read raving reviews of this place online and decided to try it myself. Upon arrival, I was told it would be a 45 minute wait. Which is to be expected at any restaurant on a Saturday night. After waiting 45 minutes in the entry way in single digit temperatures, we moved into the front door/greeting area for the remainder of our 1 1/2 hour wait. This restaurant is loud, crowded, and poorly set up. After we finally got seated, we did have good service from the waitstaff. There were several LOUD tables, including one that had a man wearing his napkin as a mask. I realize that this is not the problem of the restaurant, however it is not good 'ambiance' as the rest of the reviews I read stated. Our salads tasted like bagged grocery store salad that hadn't been rinsed. My husband's lamb chops (ordered medium) were cooked inconsistantly. One was medium, one was medium well, another medium rare, etc. The rosemary mashed potatoes were runny and tasted as though they were nothing more than instant mashed potatoes with some seasoning on top. My chicken tagliata was horrible. The chicken tasted like a frozen grilled chicken patty with some frozen mixed vegetables on the side. This food was awful!! We only ate it because at this point we'd been at the restaurant for over 2 hours and wanted to LEAVE!!!! NEVER AGAIN! I would NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ANYONE!!!!!

Also, this restaurant was full of brookside, country club plaza, JOCO scum.



Excellent food at very reasonable prices in a quaint, Italian style atmosphere... Not to mention the largest wine list in KC (almost all Italian).


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It's a staple

1st great food... at a good price
2nd great wine selection?. at a good price
3rd great service, bartenders and wait staff are wonderful
4th boutique atmosphere, a little tight but not loud

They don?t take reservations and there is usually a wait on the weekends but it is worth it.


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Greatest little restaurant in the city

If you get there early seating will not be a problem nor will getting one of the nightly specials. It fills up early on the weekends but well worth the wait. Staff is one of the greatest in the city and the bartenders are some of the best. The food is wonderful, I very seldom order from the menu, usually taking one of the specials.


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User review by jorda

The soft light twinkles across this wonderfully intimate restaurant. The patrons of this restaurant fall in love with the ambience, the food, the wine. Signature dishes include the chicken walnut fettucini, the feta/toast, and delicious specials. Perfect for a romantic evening or a night out with friends.

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