A visit to Independence wouldn’t be complete without a meal at V’s Italiano Ristorante—one of the town’s most long-standing restaurants. Established in 1971 by the Totta family, V’s comprises an inviting dining room, elegant lounge area and charming garden patio complete with its own waterfall. Widely regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in the Kansas City metropolitan area, menu highlights include classic Italian dishes like osso bucco—a tender, 12-ounce veal shank roasted in its own rich stock and served with seasonal vegetables and tomato.
A fixture on the town’s picturesque Independence Square, Clinton’s Soda Fountain is like stepping back in time to the halcyon days of small town America with its nostalgic decor and historic building. Though Clinton’s Soda Fountain opened in 1988, its building dates back to the 1800s. Legend has it that a young Harry S Truman worked in the property back when it was pharmacy and soda fountain. Serving up sodas, sundaes and other ice cream-based dishes, Clinton’s is perfect for a sweet treat in homey, retro surroundings. Try a speciality sundae like the nutty turtle—butter pecan ice cream layered with fudge, caramel and pecans.
Square Pizza is a classic pizza joint down on Independence Square that specializes in delicious square-shaped pizzas with all the right features—a delicate crust baked to perfection, homemade sauce and fresh and tasty toppings. It is decked out with a casual, retro interior—think black and white tiled floors, classic booth seating and an airy, chatter-filled ambience. Square Pizza is perfect for a family meal, a fun date or laid-back meal with friends. Options include three cheese, meat lover or BBQ chicken or visitors can create their own from scratch. Guests looking for something else can opt for calzones, sandwiches and salads.
Square Pizza, 208 West Maple Avenue, Independence, MO, USA, +1 816 461 2929
Vivilore’s location is reason enough to visit—residing in a beautiful redbrick building, an intricate stained glass sign welcomes diners into its classy, elegant interior while a charming courtyard garden plays host to al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings. That isn’t to say that Vivilore’s upscale, modern American menu is any less delightful. There are dishes like the smoked salmon bruschetta appetizer with pickled onions, goat cheese, capers and herby cream cheese and entrées including the rib eye steak with sautéed red cabbage and apples, BBQ sauce and twice-baked potato. The experience doesn’t end there though— alongside fine dining, Vivilore also features an on-site shop full of fine art and hand-picked antiques for guests to explore.
Vivilore, 10815 East Winner Road, Independence, MO, USA, +1 816 836 2222