The historic Hotel Phillips in downtown Kansas City underwent a splashy $20 million renovation last year, which was squarely focused on updating the food and beverage program inside the art-deco gem. Tavernonna Italian Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a stylish new dining room – including a gleaming white-tile bar that gives it a modern vibe with casual charm.

Executive chef Bryant Wigger hails from Clarksville, Missouri, and the menu at Tavernonna benefits from his work in California kitchens including the now-shuttered Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point. Start with Nonna’s Meatballs and then order the spaghetti cacio e pepe featuring a touch of pecorino and freshly ground black pepper topped with a poached egg.

Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, 106 W. 12th St., Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, tavernonna.com