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Northland’s Piropos expands with new specialty pizza place

Updated: 2013-05-09T22:46:24Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

For a dozen years the owners of Piropos have given Kansas City a taste of their beloved Argentina.

Now they have another of the country’s menu items to share, one so special they’ve created a separate restaurant to serve it in.

The new Tango Pizza, which specializes in Argentinean-styled pizzas, is now open on the first level of the Piropos restaurant building at 4143 N. Mulberry Drive in the Northland’s Briarcliff Village.

Gary and Cristina Worden first opened Piropos in Parkville in 2001, serving the cuisine of Cristina’s native Buenos Aires. The couple relocated the restaurant to Briarcliff in 2006. They added a piano bar on the first floor of the building in early 2012 and leased out part of the space to a local shop owner.

The piano bar is hopping on Fridays and Saturdays with its live music and stunning view of the downtown skyline. But traffic was slow the rest of the week. So when the retail shop closed, the Wordens took out the wall and expanded the piano bar by adding Tango Pizza.

Tango Pizza serves 7-inch pizzas on a choice of tradition or flatbread crust. Selections include the La Boca (with extra virgin olive oil, goat cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella), the Buenos Aires (with robust tomato sauce, pancetta, prosciutto, caramelized onions and provolone), the Andes (with brie fondue, chicken, spinach, red bell peppers and provolone), and the Mar De Plata (bechamel sauce, shrimp, scallops, crab, red onions and provolone).

“They are all hand-made, prepared in the Piropos kitchen and we import the mild spices from Argentina,” Gary Worden said. “Argentina is almost 50 percent Italian so the pizzas have this Italian history to them.”

Gary’s favorite pizza is the Cristina’s (extra virgin olive oil, onions, mozzarella, oregano and Aji Molido) which is named after his wife.

Tango’s pizzas are $8.99 and include a drink. Also on the menu are empanadas, soup, salad and one dessert - two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with Dulce de Leche.

Tango Pizza is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Wordens plan to expand the hours this summer.

The white tablecloth Piropos upstairs is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily. The Wordens also still operate Piropos Grille in Parkville for dinner Thursday through Saturday and it also is available for private events.

Meanwhile, Gary was headed to Buenos Aires on Thursday to celebrate Cristina’s birthday this week and search for a new signature wine for their restaurants.

Joyce’s Choice

In my travels around the metro this week this is my standout selection the Empanada Del Mar at Tango with shrimp, scallops and tilapia with roasted red peppers and onion for $1.50.

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