A buyer walked into Scimeca’s Ristorante in Shawnee this week inquiring if it is new. His next issue, “Are you connected to Scimeca’s?”
That would be Kansas City’s deep-rooted Scimeca’s Well known Sausage Co. (circa 1935).
Mickey Scimeca, owner of the new Shawnee Crossing cafe, is fast with the disclaimer. He has no affiliation with the Kansas Town sausage organization or the North Kansas City market and deli — no family ties, absolutely nothing on his menu is from that Scimeca’s. When his website is dwell in May well he will have that disclaimer in producing. He options to include an “M.” to his Scimeca’s name to avoid any confusion and has begun answering the cellphone “M. Scimeca’s.”
Officials with Scimeca’s Sausage declined to comment.
Which is just one hiccup this new restaurant has encountered.
“Staffing has been the toughest detail. But we’ve had great reviews on the food stuff,” Scimeca claimed.
In the week it has been open up, consumers have been drawn to pasta dishes such as linguine with sausage and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo and capellini with shrimp. Scimeca’s imports its pasta from Italy.
It has a wide variety of pizzas — thoroughly loaded pepperoni, shrimp and artichoke, The Smoker (with smoked salami, smoked olive tapenade, roasted red pepper, mozzarella and house-made pizza sauce), rib-eye steak and mushrooms, grilled vegetables and more.
For entrees, there is grilled salmon, chicken rollatini and grilled rib-eyes with asparagus.
Other menu items include things like appetizers these types of as spicy Italian wings, and goat cheese dip (goat cheese and mascarpone layered with basil pesto and topped with marinara and toasted pine nuts and served with crostini), salads, sub sandwiches and cannoli.
Scimeca collaborated with his government chef, Mike Kallenbach, on the menu.
Kallenbach experienced previously labored at Chicago places to eat and also had his own procedure there.
Scimeca has been in the Kansas Town spot restaurant sector for additional than 25 several years — from stints at Arby’s to Plaza III the Steakhouse.
His new cafe has a “Frank and Dino” wall with pictures of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and higher over are posters from famed Italian and Italian-themed videos this sort of as “The Godfather” and “Life Is Lovely.” His youngest son, Sal, painted the eating place tabletops in inexperienced, white and crimson — colours of the Italian flag.
Scimeca’s has 25 workers and “like every person else I need more,” he explained.
“Everywhere you see, there are assistance preferred indications. You have to get inventive,” he stated. That contains offering his workforce bonuses if they advise someone and that particular person stays on for at the very least a few months.
It also means shorter hours for now. He will broaden dinner several hours and add weekday lunch the moment he hires much more personnel. Several hours are at the moment 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays by Thursdays 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Scimeca’s Ristorante, at 22716 Midland Travel, is in close proximity to Sombrero’s Mexican Cantina and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, just east of Kansas 7.