A signature Crossroads restaurant will finally reopen from covid closure

Photo by Alyssa Broadus, courtesy of Lazia

After temporarily closing like many restaurants during the pandemic, Lazia is set to relight its candelabras and little pink neon sign on Friday, November 12.

The restaurant’s location in a hotel led to its slow return compared to most KC establishments, and it’s among the last of highly anticipated returns from the pandemic.

The Italian restaurant on Central will offer traditional favorites like wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and seasonal house-made pasta, including ricotta cavatelli with braised lamb and mint, and agnolotti del plin, pasta filled with pork and roasted veal. 

Photo by Alyssa Broadus, courtesy of Lazia

Chef Justin Kent, who has worked at some of the city’s best-known restaurants, including Classic Cup and The American, and Jordan Hayes, who formerly served as executive chef at J. Rieger & Co., have created a menu that updates traditional Italian dishes by offering special consideration for ingredients sourced from the heartland. 

“It’s the simple things that make for a memorable experience,” says Chef Kent.  

The drink menu, developed by Liz Ramirez, bar manager for Crossroads Hotel, features negroni variations and other combinations that come from balancing Italian amaro, spirit and vermouth. 

Cozied in the historic Crossroads neighborhood, Lazia will reopen just in time to fill the coldest months with warm carbs and candlelight. 

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