That’s a high honor, especially considering the Crossroads restaurant opened only four months ago: “It always feels good to have some validation for the job you do,” Corvino says.
But, Corvino adds, despite sleuthing through reservations and notes kept on guest experiences, the staff has no recollection of when the review occurred. “That means you’re doing something right, if you don’t put on a show for the inspector or reviewer,” he says.
The 74-seat supper club at 1830 Walnut St. features upscale plates designed to be shareable and change with the season’s best ingredients. The supper club’s $8 cheeseburger has quickly become a late-night hit. The 18-seat tasting room offers private, by reservation, multi-course dining experiences.
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The AAA Four Diamond Award is granted to only 2 percent of the 30,000 restaurants reviewed each year by anonymous trained on-site reviewers. Ratings are based on overall service, food, decor and ambiance.
Cities with the most diamond dining awards include New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and New Orleans. Other restaurants with the rating include Gramercy Tavern, Nobu and Craft in New York City, Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Blackbird in Chicago.
Bluestem in Westport, the upscale restaurant and bar owned by James Beard award-winning chef Colby Garrelts and his wife, Megan, a James Beard nominated pastry chef, is the only other Kansas City restaurant to receive a four-diamond award.
After popping open some bubbly to congratulate the Corvino crew, it was back to work.
New dishes to try right now?
Corvino says his current top seller is gnocchi with eggplant and a spicy tomato sauce made from heirloom tomatoes featuring lemon, garlic and chili oil ($18), and he has added a new, sushi-style salmon roll with a dipping sauce of Missouri honey spiked with yuzu and togarashi ($16).
Jill Wendholt Silva is The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @kcstarfood.