About Jasper's

 

Welcome!

Kansas City's most popular Italian market and restaurant has reopened at 1201 West 103rd, in the Watts Mill Shopping Center. Jasper Mirabile Jr., and his family, has opened Jasper's and Marco Polo's Italian Market. The market serves from 10:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday. Prices range from $2.75-$6.95 and features Italian sandwiches, pasta, chicken. The grill is still outside and Italian sausages are fired up daily. The market seats 55 and also does catering.

Jasper's restaurant seats 150 and is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30-2:00 and for dinner Monday through Saturday, from 5:00 P.M. till 9:30 P.M. Lunch prices range from $6.95-$14.95 and dinner from $15.95 plus. The menu features favored items from Jasper's and the old Trattoria, including the famous Shrimp Livornese, Caesar salad, peppered steak, a wide selection of appetizers, pasta, chops, fresh seafood, and fresh baked breads and pastries. The wine list includes over 200 selections from Italy, with a wide variety priced at $18.00 a bottle. The bar features Kansas City's largest selection of grappa and espresso drinks.

The kitchen is headed by Jasper Jr. and his chef of 22 years, Marvin Lewis. Every cook has returned to the kitchen, including Jasper's sous chef, sauté cooks, pasta, and pastry chefs. Of the 50 employees, only 5 new employees were hired for the front of the house.
Come let us serve you today!
 

Facilities

The restaurant was designed by Matthew Connolly, A.I.A. of MDC Architecture. He incorporated many items from the old restaurant on 75th Street including carpet, mirrors, 80 year-old doors, and other dining room fixtures for the contemporary rustic Italian decor. A patio offers a view of the Indian Creek and seats 50. The dining room features a private dining room that seats 8-10 and includes all of the awards, family pictures, and articles from the former Jasper's. Jasper Sr. helped design the restaurant and menu before his recent death. Many of his signature items are on the new menu. The dress is casual, reservations for parties of 6 or more are accepted.
For more information, contact Jasper Jr., at 816.941.6600.

 

The Tradition

In 1954, a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar was opened in Kansas City by Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper. The restaurant, named Jasper's, quickly became a popular Kansas City dining spot. The Mirabile family's old-world recipes produced hearty and delicious dishes. From a .79 cent, three course meal, Jasper's gradually expanded its menu and remodeled the restaurant as it evolved into one of America's premiere locations for gourmet Italian food. Caesar Salad, Fettucine Alfredo, Scampi Livornese and a variety of authentic Northern Italian dishes marked Jasper's introduction of fine dining to Kansas City. (see timeline)
By 1978, Jasper's dedication to fine Italian cuisine and impeccable service resulted in Jasper's becoming the first Kansas City restaurant to win the coveted Mobil Four Stars for dining excellence.. .a rare honor awarded to only ninety-five restaurants in all of North America. The AAA Four Diamonds and DiRONA awards quickly followed along with every other nationally recognized award for dining excellence. These and other, often sought, but not easily won awards have been awarded to Jasper's every year since.
In 1984, joined by his sons Leonard, Salvatore, and Jasper, Jr., the Mirabiles opened Marco Polo's Groceria, an authentic Italian grocery store, delicatessen and pizzeria just around the corner from the award-winning Jasper's. Again in 1990, the Mirabiles introduced Marco Polo's Trattoria, next door to their deli, thus creating a true Italian neighborhood in the midst of Kansas City. This was Kansas City's first and only Trattoria featuring casual Italian dining. It was acclaimed as "the finest restaurant of it's kind in Kansas City."
As the year 1996 began, Jasper's received two of the restaurant industry's highest honors. That year Jasper, Sr., was inducted into the DiRONA Restaurant Hall of Fame, one of only 15 restaurateurs in all of North America to be distinguished with such rare honors. In April, Jasper Jr., was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York, another rare honor. For the first Kansas City chef chosen to cook there, he received high acclaim and honors from NY food critics and Beard House members.
The year 1997 brought great changes to our Wornall location. Jasper and his sons decided to sell their property at 75th Street to Walgreen Drugs, thus ending 44 wonderful years at the same location.
After a year of researching restaurants in Italy and America, the Mirabiles then purchased the Watts Mill Shopping Center and moved their offices to their new 103rd Street and State Line location. A new Jasper's Restaurant and Marco Polo Italian Market was then built to begin serving Kansas Citians once again.
On October 8, 1998, the family and all of Kansas City was deeply saddened by the death of our founder and the city's eminent restaurateur and host, Jasper, Sr. Up until a week before his passing, Jasper worked diligently with his sons to bring Kansas City back its treasured restaurant.
Today, the Mirabile Family begins a new era and brings a new dimension to Italian dining in Kansas City.

We hope you enjoy the true Italian tradition of our fine food and personal impeccable service.

 

Then & Now

The history of Jasper's Restaurant at 1201 W. 103rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri is an Horatio Alger story, an American saga of success attained through hard work and steadfast devotion to excellence.
Today, enjoying a premier status among American dining establishments. Jasper's was a simple enough neighborhood place at the time of its founding forty-five years ago. But even then, an uncompromising standard of food quality and service set Jasper's apart from its contemporaries. The progress from simple steak and pasta meals to exotic meat, fowl, and seafood specialties with distinctive, subtle sauces has been a dramatic one. But it has also been a logical development, given the restless perfectionism of the restaurant's founder, Jasper J. Mirabile.
In the earlier years, Jasper pursued his quest for culinary excellence through restaurant trade journals. As his business grew, he started to travel to the places, both here and abroad, where the finest food is served. Today, he might fly to either coast or to Europe for a single meal at a restaurant where he has heard of an outstanding dish being served. Recognition has been gratifying on a nationwide basis. In addition to its position as "Kansas City's Most Prized Restaurant" in terms of prestigious awards, Jasper's has been praised by national media and celebrated personages.
In reporting the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City, TIME MAGAZINE spoke of Jasper's as one of the two best restaurants in the city. America 's foremost food critic, Craig Clairborn, has included a Jasper's recipe in his book on great veal dishes. A bevy of famous celebrities such as Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Hank Stram, Milton Berle Anthony Quinn and Mitzi Gaynor, and many others have all dined at Jasper's and have praised its service. The Jasper's tradition promises to be a continuing one.

The restaurant's operation, which is overseen by Jasper's two sons, Leonard and Jasper Jr. Leonard is an alumnus of the School of Restaurant Management at the University of Denver. Jasper Jr. has attended the counterpart of that school at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. A thorough going family enterprise in spite of its cosmopolitan dining atmosphere, Jasper 's makes all its own pastas and desserts. The latter are generally the work of Jasper's wife, Josephine. Every Sunday night, the family tests new recipes in the spacious kitchen at the Mirabile Home, where three generations of Mirabile's and an assortment of friends provide a rigorous standard of judgement. "If a dish can pass this test", says Jasper Jr., "it's good enough for our customers."

 

About the Chef

For Jasper J. Mirabile Jr., working in the kitchen of Kansas City's most award winning restaurant, Jasper's, has become a homecoming of sorts - a homecoming to his family-owned establishment.
Jasper was named executive chef of Kansas City's premiere dining room in May of 1984 at the young age of 22. Jasper had spent the past college years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hotel and Restaurant School. During the summer vacations each year he would travel to Europe to visit cooking schools in Paris, Venice, and Milano.
Mirabile's family history reflects a love for fine food and elegance. His grandmother helped his father launch Jasper's back in 1954, now almost 45 years later, Jasper has taken over reins of the 2000+ square foot kitchen, as he oversees the staff of 15 assistants. In his own style, Jasper creates dishes from his own Sicilian background, along with a very heavy influence from Tuscany and the Piemontese regions of Italy.
In 1986 Mirabile began offering cooking classes in the Dining room at Jasper's, with such themes as Cuccina 101, Primi-Primi-Primi, Pasta Cookery 101, Veal Cookery, Cucina Sicilia, as well as his special Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day luncheon classes. For the past 8 years, every class has been a complete sellout.
Since 1990, Jasper has become a naturally acclaimed chef in his own rite. He has made guest chef appearances at The James Beard House in L.A., New York, Milan, and Paris. He has been written about by every major newspaper and magazine including Laudes by USA Today, New York Times, Midwest Living, and Italy's Cucina.
When dining in Kansas City, Jasper's has become a must visit for many. Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. has come home to Jasper's - and he invites you to join him soon.
 

Facts

Date Opened: November 23, 1998
Seating Capacity: Market - 55
Marco Polo's Patio - 18
Restaurant - 150
Cellar Room - 18-24
Bar - 20
Jasper's Patio - 48
Private Dining Room - 10
Marco Polo's Hours: 10:00 AM -9:30 PM Monday thru Saturday
Jasper's Hours: Lunch: 11:30 AM -2:00 PM Monday thru Friday
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Monday thru Saturday
Restaurant seats 150
Prices: $6.95 - $14.95 lunch; $15.95 plus dinner
Reservations: 6 or more
Signature Dishes: Scampi alla Livornese, Capelli d'Angelo alla Nanni, Vitello Valdostavo
Atmosphere: Contemporary Rustic Italian
Architecture & Design: Matthew Connolly, M.D.C. Architecture
Webmaster: Wild-WestWebs.com : info@wild-westwebs.com
Venetian Glass: Dierk von Kepple, Rock Cottage Glassworks
Equipment: Abbot Zolotar, BJ Food Services Equipment
Construction: Bear Development / F&W Construction
Electrical Contractor: Metro Electric
Electrical Engineering: Joseph Keane, Design Energy Group
Heating and Cooling: Air Control
Stoves and Grill: Wolf
Ovens: Bakers Pride
Pasta Cooker: Frymaster
Ice Maker: Hoshizaki
Refridgeration: True
Espresso and Coffee: Lavazza
Carpeting: Axminister
China: Homer Laughlin
Glassware: Minners
Silverware: Oneida Eaton
Dish Services: ECO-LAB / Hobart
Seating: KC Booth / M. Deat's Manufacturing / Waymar Tables
Art and Photography: Advances in Art
Dinner and Menu Design: B&C Printing
Wine Menu Design: Mark Hebner
Artists / Murals: Steve Murillo
Linen: Excel Linen Supply
Music: Musak
Accounting: Robert McGuire, CPA
Attorney: Salvatore J. Mirabile, ESQ.
   
 
 
 
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