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New Italian deli on Broadway feels like family has wrapped arms around you

05/03/2014 2:50 PM

05/03/2014 2:50 PM

At the wonky corner of Broadway Boulevard and West Pennway Street sits a new experience for Kansas City: Pezzettino’s Italian Deli and Market

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Tall windows create an open feel, bringing in ample amount of daylight making light bulbs irrelevant. Beveled marbled top tables, dot the hexagonal tile floor. An open kitchen lures your eyes to the back only to be caught by the center island of good treats.

The air is full of chitter-chatter and smiles. A relaxed and fun atmosphere almost begged me to lounge for a while noshing on bites intermittently through the afternoon.

The employees met my inquisitive gaze with the same fun relaxed smile as their guests. This is a spot on Italian deli and market. The cases are full of Italian cured meats, beautiful salads and pasta salads. Flanking the side is a market including pastas, olive oil, seasonings, and sauces.

Pezzettino’s has reached out and partnered with

Sasha’s Baking Company for fresh baked daily breads and Crumm’s Heirloom

tomatoes for a splash of produce.

Scanning the menu an all too adorable water glass arrives in the shape of a petite glass water pitcher. It is exactly what should be featured in a true Italian deli and market. There are piadinas (Italian flat breads), paninis, an array of salads and items to grab-and-go for lunch or dinner for the family.

I ordered at the counter while drooling over beautifully marinated chicken breast, which would make anyone’s dinner easy, especially all my health nut friends looking for that good clean simple food.

The small bites from the kitchen are something to be reckoned with. The arancini, a risotto croquette, is the best in Kansas City.

It’s crisp golden outside softly cracks and a sweet truffle like aroma tickled my nose. The creamy but al dente risotto middle was mixed with plenty of cheese waiting to be a suited vehicle for the sugo sauce or gobbled up by itself.

Sweet treats are showcased on dainty pastry stands. A good pairing with Sasha’s brings, cookies, pastries and macaroons, just enough to satisfy a sugar craving.

The only reason I walked out the door was to meet a deadline, otherwise I would’ve stayed for Happy Hour and had an entire small bites menu paired with wine.

Pezzettino’s is a place where you feel an Italian family has wrapped their arms around you.

Renee Kelly is the owner of Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Johnson County. Her passion lies in changing the food system, one plate at a time. Her inspiration is Mother nature and the many growers in the Kansas City area.

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