Il Lazzarone is open and already busy
Erik Borger, the St. Joseph restaurateur who opened his first Il Lazzarone last year on that city’s historic Frederick Avenue, jumped through the last of Kansas City’s licensing hurdles yesterday afternoon and opened his second Neapolitan pizzeria, Il Lazzarone, at 412 Delaware in the River Market today.
At noon, the dining room was full, and the patrons included Howard Hanna, the chef and co-owner of the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, and his girlfriend, Caitlin Corcoran, the general manager of the Ça Va bistro.
Borger, who predicted that streetcar construction in front of his restaurant would be completed before he opened (he was right), says he still plans to host a “grand opening” for his new venue.
Il Lazzarone will serve its menu from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week.