Escape the summer heat at Osteria IL Centro with these classic Italian dishes – perfect for the summer months!

After spending the day in KC's sweltering summer heat, the last thing anyone wants is time spent in a hot kitchen making dinner. Why not stop by Osteria IL Centro and refresh with a little Italian cuisine perfectly suited to a warm-weather evening?

Osteria Bruschetta

The perfect summer appetizer is one that showcases simple, yet zesty flavors, without weighing the dish down with an abundance of heavy ingredients. The Osteria Bruschetta may be the perfect solution - diced tomatoes with capers and basil are served on toasted slices of bread and sprinkled generously with Parmesan. The Caprese is also an exceptional summertime appetizer favorite – ripe tomatoes and soft Mozzarella are complemented by basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.

Classico Salad

Or, start the meal with a freshly-prepared salad. Osteria IL Centro has several to choose from – notably, the Classico and the Mixed Greens salad are top picks for hot summer nights. The Classico is packed with summer flavor – featuring artichokes, tomatoes, red onions, and Kalamata olives drizzled with a deliciously-light balsamic basil dressing. The Mixed Greens salad is another refreshing option – with juicy Roma tomatoes, crispy cucumber, carrots and your choice of several complementary dressings.

For your entrée, a Margherita Pizzette features a tasteful combination of bold flavors without excessively heavy ingredients. OIC's fresh, house-made crust is topped with goat cheese, freshly-shredded Mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil.

Atlantic Salmon

Seafood is also a popular summertime dinner choice – reminiscent of past summer vacations by the sea. Osteria IL Centro's Atlantic Salmon is an exceptionally popular entrée for summer, featuring freshly-caught salmon, marinated just right before grilling to perfection and served over a cilantro beurre blanc, paired with saffron risotto and seasonal vegetables.

Gelato Ball

It may be summertime, but one must not skip dessert! Enjoy OIC's famous Gelato Ball, a refreshingly cool choice of raspberry gelato coated in rich dark chocolate and drizzled with a fresh raspberry sauce. If ice cream is your summer thing, try the Espresso Martini – tri-flavored ice cream topped with a delightful mix of candied nuts and fruits.

Along with your meal don't forget to make a selection from Osteria IL Centro's Reserve Wine list, a list recently in receipt of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence – a 25 year in a row recognition. With over 1200 selections to choose from, there's sure to be a bottle that perfectly complement your cool summer evening meal out on the town.

Your summer evening meal awaits! Click here to make your reservation now!