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Little Italy: Each day is a new adventure


Do you love Italian food?¬† I do, too!¬† Today our daughter Heather and I went to “Little Italy,” or Cinzetti’s in Overland Park, KS, for her church’s ladies’ brunch. This restaurant is an all-you-can-eat Italian feast, with 60 authentic dishes for a very reasonable price. It was heavenly. I felt like Julie in the movie Julie and Julia, eating the delicious bruschetta on the toast (this was the best part of the meal for me today!)

Some of the tasty foods on their menu that I tried are:

  • Bruschetta and bread – yes, I went back for more and more!
  • Fresh-cut fruit (melon, cantelope, grapes)
  • Insalata Mediterraneo
  • House Italian Salad
  • Chicken Marsala Rotini
  • Warm bread pudding (Did I mention that this is NOT the place to diet?!)

Other dishes you may enjoy there are:

  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Lasagne Bolognese
  • Italian Sausage and Peppers
  • Mixed Grilled Vegetables
  • Fried Calamari with Arrabiata Sauce
  • Marinated Mushrooms
  • Homemade Minestrone Soup
  • Hawaiian Pizza
  • Home-made meatballs
  • Spaghetti Marinara
  • Farfalle Carbonara
  • Fresh Fruit Tartlets
  • Hand-dipped Gelato
  • Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
  • Tiramisu

I can’t pronounce all these words correctly and don’t know what some of them¬†are, but I assure you that you will not leave this place hungry!¬†

What I really loved about the restaurant, other than the great food and service, was the way it was decorated. Mounds of fresh fruit, green and red peppers, purple eggplants, cans and glass jars of red tomatoes, olives, and capers, and beautiful glass bottles filled with oil and peppers were stacked openly in view on counters, displayed in front of the open kitchens, where chefs in white aprons and chef hats cooked the meals.

Friendly waiters and waitresses served you glasses of water with lemon, pink lemonade, sweet tea, or cups of hot¬†coffee or creamy cappucino.¬† A wall rack¬† contained¬†a variety of¬†white and red wines.¬† The atmosphere was warm, inviting, and vibrant with color – an artist’s dream!

What I enjoyed the most about the afternoon, though, was spending time with Heather. I am so very thankful to God that Heather is not only my cherished daughter, but also¬†my very dear friend. ūüôā¬†

I am also grateful that¬†while at the brunch, I was able to spend time with¬†my long-time friend Debbie Nagel, and her two daughters Christen and Amber, who are like daughters to Ray and me. (I can’t believe “little” Amber is getting married soon!¬† Ray is giving her away at the wedding, as her dad passed away several years ago. I remember when Amber used to come to our house and play with our kids!)

From the book, 7 Ways to Be a Smarter Mom by Kasey Johnson that Heather loaned me to read today¬†(no, it wasn’t a major hint from Heather, lol – she was reading it and I wanted to borrow it!), here’s an excerpt from the preface chapter on page 8 that I wanted to encourage you with today:

“When I seek God’s voice, I discover more about what it is He wants me to be. My challenges and temptations will be different than yours, but we share one very important element: we’ve never been at this exact place in our lives before. Each day is a new adventure. Each season of life brings new discoveries…”.

Whether it is trying a¬†new restaurant like Cinzetti’s, going to a ladies’ brunch and meeting new faces, signing up for a college course, going horseback riding or skydiving for the first time, traveling to Africa or Italy or the next town you’ve never visited, inviting your neighbor over for coffee, making a decision to lose weight this year, writing that book, trying something new for your business, or spending more time with family and friends, let each day bring something fresh, inspiring,¬†and adventurous into your life.¬† LIVE, dear friend, really LIVE!¬† Buon appetite!¬† Enjoy this gift of life God has given you – and thank Him!

Here are some videos of my great time there today. (I hope to go back soon, to take Ray and Leah to try it!)  Enjoy!

Vlog of me and Heather at Cinzetti’s


Vlog of Christen, Amber, and Debbie at Cinzetti’s

Vlog of Bruschetta and Salads buffet

Vlog of chefs at salad buffet

Vlog of bruschetta and toast

Vlog of pizza, egg, and dessert buffets

Vlog of cappucino and plate

Vlog of Heather by waterfall



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