Scimeca’s Italian restaurant is now open in Johnson County

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The Smoker pizza at Scimeca’s Ristorante in Shawnee features smoked salami, smoked olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, cheese and gravy.

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A customer walked into Scimeca’s Ristorante in Shawnee this week asking if he was new. His second question, “Are you related to the Scimeca one?” »

This would be Scimeca’s Famous Sausage Co. of Kansas City (circa 1935).

Mickey Scimeca, owner of the new Shawnee Crossing restaurant, is quick with the warning. It has no affiliation with the Kansas City Sausage Company or the North Kansas City Market and Deli – no family ties, nothing on its menu is from this Scimeca. When his website goes live in May, he will have this disclaimer in writing. He plans to add an “M”. on behalf of his Scimeca to avoid confusion and started answering the phone “Mr at Scimeca.

Scimeca’s Sausage officials declined to comment.

It’s just a snag this new restaurant has encountered.

“Staffing was the hardest thing. But we got great reviews on the food,” Scimeca said.

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Mickey Scimeca owns Scimeca’s Ristorante, 22716 Midland Drive in Shawnee. It is not related to the Scimecas sausage company. Jill Toyoshiba [email protected]

During opening week, customers were drawn to pasta dishes such as sausage and meatball linguine, fettuccine Alfredo and shrimp capellini. Scimeca’s imports its pasta from Italy.

It offers a variety of pizzas – fully loaded pepperoni, shrimp and artichokes, The Smoker (with smoked salami, smoked olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and homemade pizza sauce), rib eye and mushrooms, grilled vegetables and more .

For starters, there’s grilled salmon, chicken rollatini, and grilled rib eye with asparagus.

Other menu items include starters such as spicy Italian wings and goat cheese dip (goat cheese and mascarpone smothered in basil pesto and topped with marinara and toasted pine nuts and served with crostini), salads, sub-sandwiches and cannoli.

Scimeca collaborated with its executive chef, Mike Kallenbach, on the menu.

Kallenbach had previously worked in Chicago restaurants and also had his own business there.

Scimeca has been in the Kansas City area restaurant industry for over 25 years – from stints at Arby’s to Plaza III the Steakhouse.

His new restaurant has a “Frank and Dino” wall with pictures of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and above are posters of famous Italian and Italian-themed films such as “The Godfather” and “Life is Beautiful.” . His youngest son, Sal, painted the dining room table tops green, white and red – colors of the Italian flag.

Scimeca has 25 employees and “like everyone else, I need more,” he said.

“Everywhere you see there are signs of help being sought. You have to be creative,” he said. This includes offering bonuses to its employees if they refer someone and that person stays for at least three months.

It also means shorter hours at the moment. It will expand dinner hours and add lunch on weekdays once it hires more workers. Hours are currently 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Scimeca’s Ristorante at 22716 Midland Drive is near Mexican Cantina de Sombrero and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, just east of Kansas 7.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.

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