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Longtime Italian deli opens downtown location serving lasagna, tiramisu & pizza bread

Johnny C’s pasta and meatballs comes with a choice of spaghetti or penne and is served with a side salad and bread and butter for $8.99.
Johnny C’s pasta and meatballs comes with a choice of spaghetti or penne and is served with a side salad and bread and butter for $8.99. jsmith@kcstar.com

Johnny and Sandra Caracci have been serving customers their Italian dishes using family recipes for 25 years.

This week they opened their Johnny C’s Deli & Pasta in the Town Pavilion, 1111 Main St., Suite 115. Plowboys Barbeque formerly operated in the space but relocated to a larger spot on the south corner of the Town Pavilion.

Johnny C’s serves lasagna, pasta with marinara, and pasta with meat sauce, meatballs or Italian sausage. It also has sub sandwiches, build-your-own sandwiches, and hot sandwiches such as Reubens, meatball, pizza bread (Italian meat sauce, pepperoni and provolone cheese served open faced on an Italian roll) and chicken Cordon Bleu, along with salads, soups and sides. Desserts include cannoli, tiramisu and cheesecake.

The original location opened at 7012 Universal Ave. in 1992. A second location opened in Kansas City, Kan., in 2000, but it closed in late August to relocate downtown.

Johnny C’s is in its second generation with the couple’s son, Anthony Caracci, their two daughters, Francesca Cuccia and JoAnna Ribaudo, along with JoAnna’s husband, Vince Ribaudo, helping in the business.

“I’m actually a pharmacist by trade but my sister JoAnna has worked there since she was like 7 years old, just a little thing, clearing tables, and that’s her full-time spot,” Anthony Caracci said. “My sister Fran graduated with an interior design degree and has her own company. So we’re part-time.”

Johnny C’s joins two other new Town Pavilion restaurant tenants, Chik-N-Pie and Ruby Jean’s Juicery.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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