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Old 10-31-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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It's a pretty safe area, even after dark. I lived in a loft there for a year and never had any problems. But again, always be aware of your surroundings. There are some housing projects just east of Columbus Park that have some shady characters, but for the most part people there watch out for any suspicious activity and immediately call the police. I wouldn't be too concerned.

I still think Garazzo's is your best choice...their meals are really large, so you could always split and get a couple salads. You can always tell them you are from out of town and on a budget and had heard of this place, I bet they would help you out...they are very friendly and it has that classic Italian theme, even constant Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin playing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Way to rep KC....don't think the OP was asking about St. Louis though
just being honest man.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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It's a pretty safe area, even after dark. I lived in a loft there for a year and never had any problems. But again, always be aware of your surroundings. There are some housing projects just east of Columbus Park that have some shady characters, but for the most part people there watch out for any suspicious activity and immediately call the police. I wouldn't be too concerned.

I still think Garazzo's is your best choice...their meals are really large, so you could always split and get a couple salads. You can always tell them you are from out of town and on a budget and had heard of this place, I bet they would help you out...they are very friendly and it has that classic Italian theme, even constant Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin playing.

Awesome, thanks for the advice. I'm going to plan on Garozzo's then. Although I won't plan on them helping me out.. I did take a second glance at the menu and besides one or two items it was right in my budget. Plus, anywhere I can go and listen to Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra is ok in my book.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Really? Not more than one Italian restaurant in Little Italy??
like I said, don't get your hopes up. The Hill in StLouis is awesome.

There are some great things KC has that StL doesn't and some great things that StL has and KC doesn't.

This is one of them, so if you do ever get down to StL, you have to go there.

Garozzo's is pretty good though. I don't think it's too expensive, but I don't know what you want to spend.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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like I said, don't get your hopes up. The Hill in StLouis is awesome.

There are some great things KC has that StL doesn't and some great things that StL has and KC doesn't.

This is one of them.

Thanks for the heads up, I definitely will not plan my night around being in the area then. Would you still say Garozzo's would be the best Italian restaurant in the city for the price/experience at least?
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Thanks for the heads up, I definitely will not plan my night around being in the area then. Would you still say Garozzo's would be the best Italian restaurant in the city for the price/experience at least?
Garozzo's is good, but I never thought it was amazing or anything. It has a neat atmosphere being in an older urban area near downtown and it's been there forever.

Personally, I like Lidias, but that place can be pricey. If you go, do the pasta trio. Anthonys downtown was ok, if that's still there.

Lidias is amazing, but it's a bit different than Garozzo's or others like them. I'm not a food snob, but I think it's more authentic Italian? I have no idea, but if you can swing it, Lidia's is one of the better Itilian places in the midwest and is in a pretty cool setting in the freighthouse near downtown. Figlio on the plaza is ok too. More for its plaza location though overlooking Mill Creek Park, it's obviously a more toursity area vs cultural.

Honestly outside of Lideas and maybe Garozzo's, KC is really just sort of lacking on the Italian scene a bit.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Honestly outside of Lideas and maybe Garozzo's, KC is really just sort of lacking on the Italian scene a bit.

Deleted the rest of that post, but thanks for the advice in it.

I was just surprised by this because, if I am correct.. Kansas City was quite heavily influenced by the mob/Italians?
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Deleted the rest of that post, but thanks for the advice in it.

I was just surprised by this because, if I am correct.. Kansas City was quite heavily influenced by the mob/Italians?
Well, after they (mob) bombed all the places in the old river key, I guess KC never really recovered haha.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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KC doesn't really have a Little Italy, the Columbus Park area and Northeast in general is where a lot of the Italians settled but most have long since moved out. Its very different from the Hill in St Louis where properties are passed down to different generations and the Italian culture is still alive and kicking.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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Columbus Park is now more Asian than Italian. There are very few Italian businesses left. KC doesn't have a concentrated Italian district anymore.
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