New upscale pizza place coming to Leawood


Leawood-based Specialty Cuisine Concepts is ready to launch a second restaurant a few doors down from its first.

Mio, an Italian Pizzaria, is scheduled to open in early June at 4800 W. 135th St., Suite 250, Leawood, near the company’s Mio, an Italian Trattoria.

Mio, an Italian Pizzaria, will offer 8-inch and 14-inch specialty and build-your-own thin-crust gourmet pizzas, freshly made salads, soups, baked pastas, appetizers, gelato and Italian wines. It also will have a bruschetta bar where customers can select custom toppings.

Julian and Jill Viso founded Specialty Cuisine Concepts in 2012 to open several new restaurant concepts in Johnson County. Their first operation, Mio an Italian Trattoria, opened in September 2012. They are now looking at sites in the Lenexa area for their third restaurant concept.