Fat City has received a few calls this week about the venerable Villa Capri Restaurant at 8126 Metcalf. At 52 years old, it's one of the longest-running restaurants in Overland Park and one of the first suburban venues to serve pizza. (There's no shortage of pizza all over the metro now, something we'll address in print next week with our pizza edition.)
"I stopped by there this week and was told it was under construction," one reader e-mails.
Uh oh. When a restaurant posts a note saying it's closed for repairs or renovation, it's often code for "closing soon." But that's definitely not the case with Villa Capri.
"We really have been doing some construction," the restaurant's Diana Scudiero tells me. "Nothing major. We opened up the dining room quite a bit and rearranged the layout of the room." Between that and the snow, the place was dark a short time. But it's back to regular hours full time now, Scudiero says - and the menu is getting a little updating, too.
Steve and Diana Scudiero have dropped a few things from the Villa Capri menu, including fried chicken livers and gizzards. The fried chicken, however, is still a top-selling dish.
"We've also added a new dessert," Diana Scudiero says. "A fried ravioli, filled with apples and cream cheese, and then rolled in sugar and cinnamon."
This new addition means Villa Capri might be the only restaurant in the metro where diners can have ravioli as an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.