10 Best Pasta Places in Kansas

Whether you like your pasta thin, al dente, made into lasagna, or in little bows, perfect pasta can be hard to come by. Pasta is more than just an Italian mainstay—it is an American comfort food classic. Find the delectable comfort of a big bowl of perfectly prepared pasta at any of the following 10 best pasta places in Kansas. 

Ricco’s Italian Bistro, Overland Park, KS

Ricco’s Italian Bistro is a beautiful Italian restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. They offer daily specials, including Spaghetti Sundays for all of you pasta lovers out there. All of their pasta dishes are served with either a house salad, Caesar salad, or soup.

Paulo and Bill American Bistro, Shawnee, KS

Paulo and Bill American Bistro has tasty dishes prepared with fresh ingredients, offers catering options, and hosts regular wine events. They have 10 different pasta dishes, including smoked chicken lasagna and whole wheat pasta, all of which are delicious.

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North Italia, Kansas City, KS

North Italia is a quickly-expanding restaurant with locations in seven states currently and locations planned for three more soon. If that isn’t a testament to their fantastic food, wonderful service, and affordable prices, we’re not sure what is. If you can only try one item from their Kansas City menu, we recommend the house specialty Bolognese.

Italian Delight by Avelluto, Mission, KS

Italian Delight by Avelluto is a New York-style pizzeria in Mission, Kansas. While they specialize in pizza, their pasta dishes are nothing to sneeze at. Go for the rigatoni alla vodka or the spaghetti mostaccioli with sausage and sauce. 

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Paisano’s Ristorante, Lawrence and Topeka, KS

Paisano’s Ristorante has two Kansas locations, including one in Lawrence and another in Topeka. The restaurant originally opened over 29 years ago and continues to serve authentic, delicious Italian dishes, including endless pasta and sauce on Tuesdays.

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Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant, Liberal, KS

Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant in Liberal, Kansas is a two-time Certificate of Excellence award winner from Trip Advisor. According to their website, “The menu is a roster of our Chef's mouth-watering creations incorporating only fresh, produce and poultry that have never been frozen with just the right amount of spice and zest to create the unusual tastes that delight so many taste buds.” The pasta is spot-on awesome.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, Leavenworth, KS

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant offers family-style dishes accompanied by an open bar. Family-style is one of the best ways to try as many of their scrumptious pasta dishes as possible, since you’ll be able to partake in a little bit of everything on the table. The chicken parmesan is a personal favorite.

DeFazio’s Restaurant, Wichita, KS

DeFazio’s Restaurant describes themselves as “the Italian eatery of choice by locals who appreciate homestyle southern Italian food.” They bake their own bread and grind their own sausage daily. All pasta dishes are served with soup and salad. Their linguini with pesto is worth the trip by itself.

The Basil Leaf Café, Lawrence, KS

The Basil Leaf Café is an intimate café eatery serving traditional Italian-inspired dishes in the Lawrence, Kansas area. Start the meal off with their meatball appetizer before moving on to a caprese salad course and the seven-layer lasagna entrée.

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Courtney’s Place, Toronto, KS

Courtney’s Place is a family-owned-and-operated Italian restaurant in Toronto, Kansas. They are open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday only. Call between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at least a day in advance for a reservation at this highly exclusive, wonderfully imaginative pasta restaurant. 

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