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Italian Gardens To Go closes in Overland Park

John David DiCapo of Italian Gardens ToGo
John David DiCapo of Italian Gardens ToGo The Kansas City Star

Italian Gardens To Go has closed in Overland Park.

Owner John David DiCapo called the closing bittersweet in a Facebook post. Still, he said he will not miss any more of his daughter’s basketball games or Sunday dinners with his family.

DiCapo declined to comment on the closing for this article.

The drive-thru only operation opened in mid-2013 at 7335 W. 119th St., relocating from another drive-through only spot in the Northland.

Italian Gardens ToGo offered items made with the same recipes used at the famed downtown Italian Gardens restaurant, which closed in late 2003 after nearly 80 years of operations.

Among the selections: appetizers like toasted ravioli, salads, pizza by the slice, spaghetti and meatballs, baked lasagna, and Italian steak sandwiches, along with a children’s menu. Dessert include assorted Italian holiday/wedding cookies, chocolate-dipped cannoli, and spumoni. It also sold family-style meals for $24.99.

DiCapo first opened the drive-through only restaurant in 2009 on Barry Road and hoped it would be so successful that he could open more locations and perhaps even franchise the concept.

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