Intorno and Sugo’s Spaghetteria have closed

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Sugo’s Spaghetteria (13386 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park) and Intorno (801 Massachusetts, Lawrence) — a pair of Italian restaurants with St. Louis influences — have closed.

Sugo’s was St. Louis restaurateur Michael Del Pietro’s first foray into the Kansas City marketplace and an extension of a concept that’s proven popular in St. Louis and Columbia (where it’s known as Babbo’s). The casual spot from the third-generation restaurateur featured fresh pasta and Neopolitan-style pizza. Sugo’s opened in June 2012, but never caught on as Del Pietro explained to St. Louis magazine.

“Overland Park was much different than I originally thought,” Del Pietro told the magazine’s Relish blog. “More conservative and more frugal. Those folks love their barbeque, but Italian food is a different world for them. Lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs were fine, but that was it,” he added, before stating the obvious. “[It’s] completely different than here.”

Intorno opened in December 2012 when chef Jim Vaughn, a St. Louis native, and his wife Leslie took over the former Esquina space. Vaughn was previously a chef at Charlie Gitto’s, a staple of the St. Louis Italian neighborhood known as “The Hill.” Firmly entrenched in the St. Louis canon, Intorno dished up chicken spiedini and toasted ravioli.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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