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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Coal Vines: The new Plaza pizzeria is this week's review

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM

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In this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza dines on a feast for the eyes at Coal Vines. The Dallas-based pizzeria recently appeared on the Plaza and has fast become a place to see and be seen -- and eat a little, too. 

Glimpse the pretty diners and dishes in photographer Sabrina Staires' slideshow, and find out which entree is as delicious as an old family recipe in Charles' review.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Neighborhood Cafe: Lee's Summit's new neighbors are this week's review

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

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In this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza savors a legendary cinnamon roll, real sausage gravy and a respectable Reuben sandwich at Neighborhood Cafe in Lee's Summit.

Read Charles' review, with photographs by Sabrina Staires, for homestyle cooking you can't find in most kitchens. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cafe Up Close: 715 in Lawrence (slideshow)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Now this is comfort food.
  • Now this is comfort food.
For this week's review in The Pitch, Charles Ferruzza went to Lawrence to sample chef Michael Beard's cuisine at 715. Sunday brunch is a varied menu with buttermilk waffles and smoked trout Benedict, while pizzas come with house cured dry salami and the ravioli is bursting with carmelized onions and rosemary. Click on the picture above for the slideshow shot by Allie Mason. Tomorrow, we'll have video of Beard butchering a 250-pound pig -- don't miss it. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

China Town: Explore your options in this week's review

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

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Chinese buffets are not reserved for lovers of Asian cuisine nor are they recommended for the faint of heart (or stomach).

With everything from sweet-and-sour chicken and fried rice to fried okra and banana pudding to choose from, you're sure to find at least a handful of cultures on your plate.

Charles Ferruzza reviews China One Chinese Restaurant, China Garden Asian Buffet and Fusion Buffet in this week's Pitch, to find the best dishes and deals, with photos by Matthew Taylor.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Slideshow: Step inside the Justus Drugstore

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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Fat City spoke with chef and owner of Justus Drugstore, Jonathan Justus (who yesterday was named a semifinalist in the Best Chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards), about his desire to save the world through sausage,

whether he'd ever be a contestant on a reality cooking show and

how to shop locally and ethically. Now take a gander at these pictures (just click on the photo above) taken by Pitch photographer Forester Michael.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

77 South, the new Leawood bistro, in this week's review and slideshow

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM

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In this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza gets down on some '70s throwback dishes and serious nostalgia at 77 South in Leawood.

Don't stop till you get enough of Angela C. Bond's photos, and then boogie on over to Charles' review.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Beer Kitchen No. 1: Westport's hoppin' new restaurant is this week's review

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

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In this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza fills up on truffle-parmesan fries and pretzel twists at Westport's new Beer Kitchen No. 1, a relaxed version of the space's former inhabitant, One80.

Sample Angela C. Bond's photographs, read Charles' review and save room for dessert.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Genessee Royale: The new Bottoms bistro is this week's review

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

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In this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza samples a week's worth of fine

farmer's dining at the West Bottoms' new gas-station-gone-bistro,

Genessee Royale.

Photographer Angela C. Bond dishes up mouthwatering photos to accompany the review.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Brunch Three Ways: Blue Grotto, M&S Grill and Boozefish (slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Just give me a mimosa and I'm set.
  • Just give me a mimosa and I'm set.



Though a child of the '80s, I completely understand why brunch was all the rage in the decadent disco days of the 1970s and its present-day revival. As Charles Ferruzza points out in this week's Pitch, there's really no better way to keep the party going after last call. The afternoon meal also has curative powers: a good omelet or small stack can act as a warming salve on a bad case of the too-much-booze.

These pictures -- taken by photographer Angela C. Bond -- have me ready for the weekend, where bad decisions breed good brunches. Check out photos from Blue Grotto, M&S Grill and Boozefish and tell us your favorite spot to get brunch in the comments.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pizza can be a beautiful thing, but that wasn't always true

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM

A pizza pie can look like a work of art at Next Door Pizza
  • A pizza pie can look like a work of art at Next Door Pizza




I have friends who still insist that the best pizza they ever tasted was that doughy, greasy square slab of cheese-topped garbage that they were served in their high school cafeteria. Although, thanks to years of therapy, I've effectively blocked out almost every possible memory from my high school days, I can still remember that horrible pizza. I could never have eaten anything quite so visually unappetizing.

But I did, come to think of it. Before the modern plague of tasteless frozen pizzas infested grocery freezer cases, there was Chef Boyardee's make-it-at-home boxed pizza "kit" that was sort of a less-greasy variation of the crappy product sold in high school. It looked and tasted pretty awful, too.

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