Open Monday-Saturday until 1:30 a.m., and Sunday until midnight
Owner Eric Borger opened Il Lazzarone, his second outpost for authentic Neapolitan pizza, in spring 2015 in the River Market with a plan to attract those who live, work and party downtown. With his 6,000-pound Acunto Mario Forni wood-fired pizza oven blazing until late into the night and craft cocktail bartenders waiting to serve you at the bar, which is located in the back of the space, all you have to do is get yourself here. Il Lazzarone has friendly and knowledgeable staff that can direct you easily to your new favorite Italian wine or local brew. For the stiffer stuff, ask for the barrel-aged nigroni, a classic cocktail that only gets better with time. Order the classic Margherita pizza, which Il Lazzarone has been famously certified by the Italian authorities to make. It is a study in simplicity with its chewy wood-fired crust, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Want a pie to-go? Come through the back door and order at the bar, they will have it ready for you before you finish your drink.
412 Delaware St., Kansas City, MO, 816-541-3695, illazzarone.org