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Comment Archives: stories: Dining: Restaurant Reviews

Re: “Baked in Kansas City is almost too much of some good things

My wife and I ate there for Valentine's Day and were very happy with the meal.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Guy on 03/19/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Four Seasons makes Sicilian pizza fit in Lenexa

I am so offended by the frivolous nature and tone of your article. You act like people are making up the concept of New York style pizza because it doesn't exist in Rome. That is just laughable. If you try to write about something you don't understand, you should write as an exploration, instead of acting like your opinion is the only one that matters. You seem to lack open-mindedness and a natural curiosity about life and the human condition that is essential to journalism.

3 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Keeley Stalnaker on 03/12/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “What, you'd want to pay more
for sushi in Gladstone?

Since Jeff left. Yes he sold the restaurant to someone else. They have been changing the rolls. The service in now at a very low point. We (a party of 7) went in for dinner. It was empty. Waited for 15 minutes still had no water or even a "hello". We got up and went to Moonlight in Liberty.

Posted by Deborah Richardson on 02/27/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Seva Cuisine of India marries fuss and flavor

Additional comment----Soon after Swagat was opened our son came home from college in Springfield, Missouri and lamented that Springfield had NO Indian restaurants. Soon the brother of Dave, who owned Swagat, opened up Gem of India which is still going strong. You may want to try them out if you are traveling in that area.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sharon Pennington Vantuyl on 02/26/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Seva Cuisine of India marries fuss and flavor

Interesting review of one of my three favorite Indian Restaurants. (Now all conveniently located north of the river) There is one correction that needed to be made. You did not see 3 little girls in one of the back booth. Gurdev and Kuldip have two children, a girl and a boy and the other little girl was their cousin. Gurdevs son has long hair worn in a traditional top knot and you probably mistook him for a girl. My husband is a commercial artist and sign maker and after years of driving from the Northland to Kansas for Indian food we began browbeating the current owner of Swagat to please bring Indian food to the Northland. One day he called us and asked us to check out a location in a strip mall adjacent to a field that would soon become Zona Rosa. And so began Indian Food in the Northland. Swagat was first and soon relocated to Zona Rosa, Seva is located on the west side of I35 near Liberty and Taj Mahal relocated from Independence to Liberty on 291. Finding it difficult to sometimes know what we were eating, my husband made signs to accompany the dishes on the buffet. These included the names and basic ingredients of the dish. He made these same buffet tags for Seva and also Taj Mahal in Liberty. I think they set these establishments apart from many other Indian places and make the transition to Indian food easier for "newbies". We feel truly blessed to have all three of these Indian delights in our "neighborhood". Each has it's own atmosphere and specialty dish and none taste exactly the same. Swagat has now added a market and bizarre next door to their place in Zona Rosa so many are now making Indian food at home.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sharon Pennington Vantuyl on 02/26/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The last Waid's gets a gentle nudge eastward, toward Afghan dishes

My tummy hurts

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by foodsnoob on 02/21/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “The Basha: good, cheap Middle Eastern food in OP

the food is not bad but the way the manager treats his customers is, to say the least, suprising

Posted by Papa Jona on 02/14/2014 at 10:11 PM

Re: “At least one restaurant chameleon helps Carma's karma

Good article and review.

Posted by Metupe on 02/14/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “At least one restaurant chameleon helps Carma's karma

As my grandfather was fond of saying "You can't polish a turd"

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Zinmon on 02/06/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “At least one restaurant chameleon helps Carma's karma

justsayin-12 paragraphs, 5 background, 1 transition, 5 regarding the food, 1 wrap-up. I have to agree with S. Dave.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by foodsnob on 02/06/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “At least one restaurant chameleon helps Carma's karma

Justsayin- Walt Bodine was a beloved food critic in KC. One of the things that made him so special was that no matter how bad the restaurant was that he reviewed, he would find something positive about the restaurant and focus on that. I think that is what Charles did here with Beena. Overall, the review reads positive because of it. If you ignore the parts about Beena and live jazz, this review is less than stellar. Every independent restaurant has a great human interest story behind it. Reviews focus on the dining experience, not what is happening behind the scenes.

Also, I would suggest that if they want people to focus on the food, perhaps putting the second most polarizing figure in the local restaurant scene in charge of the place might be an odd choice.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Savvy Dave on 02/06/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “At least one restaurant chameleon helps Carma's karma

Unfortunately, this article doesn't represent the family who owns this restaurant or the hard work and dedication that they have put into redefining their concept. Don Sanders, his daughter Bree and the staff of Carma have been working tirelessly to move forward in a more positive direction that represents what they see for the future of their business. As anyone who has ever worked in the industry knows there is always more to the story and as much as I appreciate our local food critics and news sources, they are often times mislead by people and the information they obtain from secondary sources is not always accurate. As a friend of the family, a former industry person of 18 years, a supporter of local restaurants and businesses in KC and Lawrence, I hope that the Pitch will contact Bree Sanders of Carma and ask her what's really going on in Park Place and give them another chance to show you that they have more to offer the people of Kansas City than a one sided review that focuses more on the former General Manager Beena's ability to book a live band than it does about the restaurant.

16 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Justsayin on 02/05/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

Charles, you captured the ambiance of Ragazza perfectly. Anyone that has ever been to Italy knows that some of the best restaurants are no bigger than a living room, and when you eat there you feel at home. The food is authentic and the people seem like family. Ragazza captures this perfectly!

As for the food, I have eaten at Ragazza almost every week since it has opened. I must say that the food is fabulous and my favorite thing is the chicken saltimbocca. This is coming from a guy that NEVER eats chicken when out to dinner (I am a steak and seafood guy). Every time that I have eaten the chicken saltimbocca it is moist and delicious, and the creamy polenta complements it perfectly!!! In addition we catered out some food for an Italian family’s funeral – the fettuccine with meatballs and artichoke zuppa. The entire family raved about the food!

Cucina della Ragazza captures everything that I love about Italy – the food, the ambiance and the people. Laura Norris, you have created a true Italian experience for Kansas City!

I am actually heading there tonight – I am craving the chicken and meatballs!!

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Norb Belz on 01/30/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

It's becoming my favorite place to go! The food is excellent and the atmosphere is second to none. If you haven't made it in yet to visit I highly suggest you clear a space on your calendar!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Josh Strodtman on 01/30/2014 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

I love Ragazza. I have had almost everything on the menu and I haven't found a thing I don't love. I am especially fond of the beet salad and the next time I go I am going to have them add the tenderloin because it is amazing. The meatballs are also out of this world, so fresh and spicy! yum yum yum.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by kristopher on 01/29/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

The beef tenderloin salad was melt in your mouth on opening night. I can't wait to try the meatball. This is my new favorite KC restaurant.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joe Perry on 01/29/2014 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

All I want from Ragazza is more. I want a Tagliata (flank steak or hanger steak, I'm easy) alongside a value Primitivo (because Brunellos ain't cheap), or maybe a really spicy pasta with 'shrooms, so I can convince my wife to let me get a bottle of the Ripasso. Because I've already had just about everything on the menu (okay, not the Barolo, or Barbaresco, because $). I liked it ALL, but I still want the pastrami available at night. I'm picky, I love Ragazza, and dammit I want MORE.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by brouhaha on 01/29/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

Missy Koonce, mixologist and merry mistress of ceremonies at Ragazza, is one more bonus in a long list of Ragazza pluses -- like the house-made limoncetta and smoked pastrami, and the Menebrea beer that even this non-beer-drinker LOVES. Really, the challenge facing owner Laura Norris is to keep the level of excellence up -- while still managing to find room for all the people wanting to share in the good food and camaraderie at this sweet little Westport newcomer. It's a clear winner.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by peanchesfan on 01/29/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

i have visited Ragazza serval times and each time tried a new dish. the chicken saltimbocca is very good! the meatball has just the right amount of kick! The bresola rolls are amazing. i have not had anything disappointing!! i love the wine list! i'm going back for more tomorrow! this place is one that i really can't get enough of! Laura is doing a fantastic job! cheers!

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tina Warford on 01/29/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Cucina della Ragazza squeezes a lot of flavor into a tiny Westport storefront

Yep, let's hope Charles goes back in for the yummalicious brunch! and the to-die-for pastrami panini!

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by titianchica on 01/29/2014 at 1:11 PM

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