What a year! First, Osteria IL Centro was chosen by Zagat as the “Best Italian Food” in Kansas City. Then, Wine Spectator awarded IL Centro a sixteenth consecutive “Best of Award of Excellence.” And now, Zagat picked us at one of their “Top Ten Best Restaurants” in Kansas City! While the awards are appreciated, we enjoy it the most when our loyal customers have a wonderful dining experience. Or when they tell us how much they love our atmosphere – intimate and cozy, yet vibrant and elegant.

If you’ve not visited yet, Osteria IL Centro is the kind of comfortable neighborhood venue one would find scattered throughout the Mediterranean.  Awarded a 28 out of 30 by Zagat, you’re certain to enjoy our pleasing medley of Italian cuisine featuring pasta, meat, fish and vegetable dishes as well as the perfect wine to accompany your meal. Indulge at Kansas City’s (former) best-kept secret, and the new #1 home for Italian cuisine in KC: Osteria IL Centro.

We invite you to relax and unwind in our carefree atmosphere, settle in with one of our flavorful appetizers – or enjoy one of our exceptional Italian entrees, pizzettes or salads. Or, share a fine reserve bottle from our Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” wine list. No matter what you choose, our upscale-casual neighborhood bistro atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to create an evening to remember. A local South Plaza favorite – where the food and wine are so good, it actually improves the conversation!

OIC’s “Sweet 16″ Bottles as Selected by Osteria IL Centro Customers!

Osteria IL Centro was recently awarded a 16th consecutive Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” accolade. Just for fun, we asked several notable OIC customers and other friends of the restaurant to pick a favorite bottles from the OIC Reserve Wine list. Click here to read more.

Primi Piatti


Zuppa e Insalata
& Pizzettes

Salads & Pizzettes

Secondi Piatti


Dolce & Sbarra

Desserts, Wine & Bar


"I love il Centro not only because the food is awesome every time, but because the people that work there truly care about what they do and you become friends with them. If it is a hug from Nicole, chatting with Kerrie, Brent holding a spot for me, or Bobby sending postcards from overseas...they become part of what we enjoy about KC. It never fails that if we go out for the night we eventually end up at IL Centro. For dinner – or even later, for dessert, wine, or a late night cocktail. We do it cause we love being there, but more importantly, we love the people there as well." - Robert