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Comment Archives: stories: Dining: Restaurant Reviews

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

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

To each her own - I'll take the meatball, the beet salad, the beef tenderloin salad and any of the soups, any day. The fettucine with shrimp is not my favorite, either, but I'm betting the chef continues to tweak dishes. Here's hoping he whips up a crostini that pleases even food writers - and here's hoping more people comment on the thoughtful, affordable wine list, which is what draws me and mine to Ragazza again and again; that, and the graceful, fussy Italian who has created a warm, special atmosphere enhanced by her personal attention to her guests. Ragazza has good food, to be sure, but it's much more than the food. . .

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by winetast3r on 01/29/2014 at 1:04 PM

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

Food Lover: I ordered shrimp fettucine and was served gummy pasta without sauce or capers and aromatic prawns.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Charles on 01/29/2014 at 12:45 PM

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

Well that's odd. Wonder what you had?...

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Food Lover on 01/29/2014 at 12:35 PM

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

Thanks for capturing the essence of the Ragazza experience, however the Chicken Saltimbocca is my favorite and its a shame that yours was dry. Each time I've had it, the chicken was succulent with the juice of the prosciutto and spinach infusing each bite. And you didn't mention the crunchy garlic coated green beans!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nettie Alford on 01/29/2014 at 12:27 PM

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

Food Lover: I was not served the dish that you described as your favorite. And yes, it could have been an anomaly that night. But my dining companions had the same reaction to it that I did.

Posted by Charles on 01/29/2014 at 12:05 PM

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