Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
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Jasper's, Kansas City, MO
It’s been a fixture of the local culinary landscape since 1954, when Jasper Mirabile Sr. opened his doors to Midwesterners who embraced his family’s Old World-Italian recipes. His son Jasper Mirabile Jr. continues the restaurant’s familial tradition and consistent vision with the help of Marvin Lewis, his chef of 22 years. There’s a list of more than 200 wines from Italy, an extensive pasta menu, and the classic chicken saltimbocca, osso bucco, and chops you’d expect from the best Midwestern Italian steakhouse. But Jasper’s signature item is one that’s been on the menu since the beginning: shrimp Livornese cooked just so with a hint of garlic in a wine-laced cream sauce. Cap off your meal by sampling extensively from the self-proclaimed largest selection of grappa in Kansas City.