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Saturday, November 17, 2007

PizzaBella - Kansas City, MO

Last night, Stacy called and wanted to know if Dan and I would like to join her and Tracy for dinner. Dan was out of town and I had already ordered a pizza from Papa John's , so I declined. She said they were going to go to PizzaBella, a place she had tried earlier in the week and knew that I would love. That was all the coaxing I needed. I grabbed the dog, got in my car, picked up the pizza, came home, made myself presentable and waited for Stacy to come and get me.

PizzaBella is located in the Crossroads at 18th and Baltimore. The restaurant is small, so we had a little wait, but it was well worth it. The inside is very nice and has 2 wood fired ovens and all of the cooking is done out in the open. The menu is simple and straightforward and also serves as your place mat. They have a nice beer and wine selection, but it's the food that shines. I wanted to order one of everything on the menu and that does not happen often with me.

All of the antipasta dishes are $6 and there were some unique items to choose from. Stacy and I decided to share one of the Brussels sprout dishes , but they were out! I can't wait to try them, the waitress said they were incredible. We decided on the cauliflower gratin and it was very good. Tracy had a mixed green salad that was dressed in a mustard vinaigrette. The salad was great with cranberries, hazelnuts and cheese.

For my pizza, I ordered the Biancoverde ($10) which consisted of fresh mozzarella, ricotta, perorino Romano and arugula. Stacy had the Margherita($9) which was topped with a nice red sauce, basil, fresh mozzarella and roasted garlic. Tracy ordered the Mushroom($10) which was mushrooms, onions, thyme and tellegio. They were all fantastic! This is my now my favorite pizza in Kansas City. The crust is light and crispy and the toppings all work so well together.

I highly recommend PizzaBella, you won't be disappointed! They are located in the Crossroads district at 1810 Baltimore KCMO 816-421-7492.

1 comment:

Midwest Kitchen said...

I found everything to be generally good for a restaurant not open long when I at there in October. I had the calamari salad which was surprisingly good since I was expecting tough calamari based on experiences elsewhere.

I found the pizza OK but not up to par with others of similar style in other cities. Our pizza suffered from too many of the ingredients in the center of the pizza and it could have used more time in the fire. However, in their defense, each one is made to order and that can happen when busy. The ingredients were top quality. I will go back and take more people with me so I can try more of the menu.

If you are ever in Portland look these folks up. I still measure pizza by what I had there.
http://www.apizzascholls.com/