In 1907 Vincenzo Sola arrived in Kansas City from Ragusa Sicily with his wife Antonina, where he first worked as a day laborer and later for Armour Packing.
Then in 1939 “Lena Tavern” was first listed in the Kansas City Business Directory as a restaurant owned and operated by Vincenzo, along with his wife and children. Located at 1023 Missouri Avenue with a corresponding address of 528 Gillis the Restaurant/Tavern later became known as Sola’s, where the family both worked and resided.
In 1941 a second location was opened at 413 E. 33rd and it was listed as Solas Tavern: The Boys-Matt & Louie, Real Italian Spaghetti.
Among the 11 children born to Vincenzo and Antonina (Lena), was Jennie Sola, who in 1947 married Attorney, Roger J. Barbieri, son of Fannie and John Barbieri, also Kansas City residents.
Annie Barbieri-Spohn was one of six children raised by Roger and Jennie Barbieri and grew up spending much of her time going between the two sets of grandparents that lived within one block of each other on Missouri Avenue. Even as a young child Annie can never recall an empty table. Life was full of family, food and wine with multitudes of cousins and good friends. Learning to cook was never optional for Annie and after spending a good part of her adult life making trips to Italy, cooking became her passion.
In 1978 Annie moved to Los Angeles California where she met Christopher L. Spohn son of Leland and Mary Francis Spohn.
Chris Spohn and Annie Barbieri married in 1991, but it was way before the marriage that Chris realized cooking and Italian food would become a big part of their life together. For their daughter, Mary Sola Spohn, Italian food indoctrination occurred at a very young age. As a family, travel to Italy became a recurring activity and was always a culinary adventure.
Pezzettino, which means “small bites” in Italian, was never simply an idea for a restaurant, it has been part of Chris and Annie’s journey and commitment to one another. It is a culmination of love for the many things that they hold dear, like family, food, friends, wine and of course…Italy!
Chris and Annie want all Kansas City patrons to know that they too will become part of the family when dining at Pezzettino KC. It is their goal to bring to the Kansas City Crossroads, a unique experience, whether it is sharing lunch with friends, or grabbing a “small bite” during the Aperitivo hours.
Come for lunch, or take home dinner from the Pezzettino Mercato. Either way we feel confident that you will love the food, embrace the ambiance and return with your family and friends for many “small bites” to come.