Would you turn down a chance to try some mouthwatering Italian food? Me neither! I recently had the chance to visit Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, a farm to table restaurant, located inside Hotel Phillips in downtown KC. This place has great ambiance, an elegantly modern atmosphere with a cozy vibe, exceptional staff and amazing Italian cuisine. They recently invited local media members and social influencers to test out some of the new specialty items on their spring menu.
As you can see from the menu above, we had the chance to try some exquisite dishes. We also taste tested a number of drinks and we were wowed; all wonderfully flavorful and refreshing. Also, I must say, everything was beautifully and creatively served, but the taste was even better!
These pasta dishes were out of this world! At Tavernonna's, Executive Chef Bryant Wigger creates these true Italian meals from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. I savored every incredibly flavorful bite.
In the photo above, the dish on the left is the Nettle Casarecce and on the right is the Spaghetti with wild ramps, focaccia bread crumbs and black pepper pecorino. Two fan favs, for sure!
The top photo is the Thyme Basted Scallops with caramelized cipollini, faro risotto, celery leaf gremolata, and bully porter sumo. It was scrumptious!
The photo above is the Alaskan Halibut with fregola, pancetta, sweet peas, tendril pesto and it was sitting in a beet sauce. For me, it was a surprisingly delicious combination - who would have thought beet sauce would make such a great base.
Dessert, oh my goodness, was equally wonderful! The perfect ending - gelato and espresso.
Everything was soooooo good, it was hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to chose, I'd say the Bruschetta - goat cheese always gets my love - and the Nettle Casarecce. YUM!
A fantastic experience, for sure, and the food and drinks were exceptional. Also, parking is validated at Hotel Phillips for all Tavernonna customers.
I'd highly recommend giving the spring menu a try for yourself. You'll be glad you did!
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