Charles Ferruzza

Central Standard
3:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City

There's no limit to the toppings that could make a pizza great. Our food critics have suggestions for a variety of styles all over the metro.
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On a beautiful summer night, stopping by a neighborhood pizzeria for a quick slice (or five) can really hit the spot.

With a handful of exciting new pizza places opening up, Charles Ferruzza and the food critics put out a call for the best pizza in the Kansas City area. 

KCUR's food critics recommend:

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Central Standard
11:55 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Wings

Buffalo-style is one of the most popular sauces for chicken wings. Watch out for the heat.
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It may not be football season, but chicken wings are still a popular appetizer at many restaurants and bars.

The Central Standard Food critics stopped by KCUR to give us their Kansas City favorites from traditional Buffalo wings to exotic preparations.

Here are their recommendations:

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Central Standard
11:51 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots

Our food critics and listeners offer suggestions for tasty lunches in Kansas City.
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It's not uncommon for Americans to work through lunch, thoughtlessly scarfing down sustenance at a desk or —worse — in a car.

But at its best, lunch can be a time to unwind and savor the moment, getting out in the city while nourishing body and soul.

Some Kansas Citians are keeping the mid-day meal alive in all its glory. Hosted by Charles Ferruzza, KCUR's food critics led a search for exquisite lunch experiences in Kansas City on Friday. 

Here are some of their recommendations:

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Central Standard Friday
9:24 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Food Critics: Chilled Dishes

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When the thermometer soars past 90 degrees, the idea of a hot meal sounds a lot less alluring than a bowl of cool fruit salad. They say that spicy food can actually cool you down, and if you’re sweating before you even pick up a fork – perhaps you’re willing to try anything?

On today’s edition of Central Standard, we beat the summer heat by taking a culinary tour into Coolsville: icy salads, chilled soups, glacial goodies, Siberian sandwiches, and frozen desserts.

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Central Standard Friday
9:49 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Food Critics: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

This soy burger looks delicious.
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No eggs? No dairy? No meat? No problem!

Friday on Central Standard, food critics Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discussed the best vegan and vegetarian food in Cowtown.

Where are your favorite vegan/vegetarian restaurants? Let us know in the comments!

New and noteworthy

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Central Standard Friday
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Food Critics: The Best Frozen Treats In Kansas City

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Summer in Kansas City is a unique time each year when the sun becomes relentless and the humidity makes it impossible to breathe. Sure, we've got air conditioning, but what if we need to go outdoors as well?

The Food Critics return to discuss the best way to beat the summer heat: frozen treats!

Host Charles Ferruzza talked with critics Gloria Gale, Mary Bloch, and Emily Farris to discuss the best ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, and frozen novelties (FroYo and FroNo for the uninitiated) in Kansas City.

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Central Standard Friday
6:21 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Food Critics: Dining Entertainment

Where do you go for your favorite dining entertainment?
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Food is a social activity, and where there are people entertainment follows.  On the Friday, June 14 the Central Standard food critics explore the best places to dine while catching a song, a game of trivia and more. 

Here is a list of some of the restaurants talked about on the show:

The New Places

The Red Door Grill - 11851 Roe Ave, Camelot Court Shopping Center, Leawood, KS 66211

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Central Standard Friday
2:48 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Food Critics: What Are The Best Burgers In Kansas City?

This is one for the true burger fanatic.
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It's springtime. The time when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of grilling, barbecuing, and eating delicious, fat, juicy hamburgers.

From the big honkin' beef burger with the works to the basic meat + bread and even to the veggie burger, there are lots of options for Kansas Citians.

But how do you decide which ones are the best?

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Central Standard
2:36 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Food Critics: Where Are The Best Places To Dine Outside In The KC Area?

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In Kansas City it's expected that the weather will jump from snowy, to balmy, to sultry in a matter of weeks.

But now that we're firmly into spring, and summer is just around the corner, restaurants are opening their outdoor patios, decks, balconies, rooftops and sidewalk seating.

Many diners love the opportunity to dine al fresco, surrounded by the beauty of nature – or asphalt parking lots. Other Kansas City diners see outdoor dining as a nightmare of bugs, noise, cigarette smoke and gawking strangers.

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Central Standard Friday
5:22 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Food Critics: Soul Food

In her book The Soul of Southern Cooking, Kathy Starr calls soul food "generous and earthy, like the people who created it. I'm not talking about small slivers of skinned chicken breasts surrounded by miniature carrots and radishes cut like roses. I'm talking about something to eat!" In Kansas City you'll never walk out hungry from one of this town's soul food restaurants or buffets. Classic southern cuisine like fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler are soul-soothing dishes. They may not be so good for your waistline, but they're nirvana for your spirit. Food Critic Charles Ferruzza, Emily Farris, Gloria Gale and Mary Bloch explore the best soul food of the city.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Your Memories of Walt Bodine

Walt Bodine, legendary Kansas City broadcaster and icon of the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. To celebrate the life and career of Bodine, Central Standard invites his fans, friends and colleagues to call in and share their memories of former Walt Bodine Show host both on and off the air.

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Central Standard Friday
3:57 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Food Critics: Best Bakeries in Kansas City

Kansas City has always been a great place for baked goods. Cakes, pies, cream puffs and breads have all been important to the growth of this town as a cosmopolitan and corpulent community. On this episode of Central Standard Friday Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch, Emily Farris, and Gloria Gale extend their forks to all parts of the metro to uncover the best bakeries offering the most decadent doughnuts, the crustiest baguettes, and the flakiest cinnamon rolls.


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Central Standard Friday
4:09 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Food Critics: Belly-Busting Buffets

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Buffets: you either love them or hate them. And in a tough economy, the idea of an all-you-can meal can sound alluring, even if the choices can be more about quantity than quality. On today's Central Standard Friday, we'll fill our plates up with suggestions for the best, the cheapest and the most unusual buffets in Kansas City. Today's food critics are host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka, Mary Bloch and Emily Farris.

Check out what the Food Critics have to say about local buffets.

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Plaza Fire
12:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Wine, Shrimp, Camaraderie: Food Critic Remembers JJ’s Restaurant

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Local and federal officials are trying to piece together exactly what happened last Tuesday evening, when a natural gas leak led to an explosion just west of the Country Club Plaza. The explosion and resulting fire at JJ’s restaurant killed one woman, and injured 15.

The victim is presumed to be 46-year-old Megan Cramer, a native of Springfield, and a longtime resident of the Plaza. Staff and regulars of JJ’s are not only mourning her loss, but the loss of a community that had formed around drinks and meals at the restaurant. 

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Central Standard Friday
5:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The Food Critics: Restaurant Etiquette

There are a number of social land mines that can be tripped in restaurants.  How is the best way to handle a declined credit card, or when do you send something back to the kitchen?  On Central Standard Friday food critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch, Emily Farris and Gloria Gale tackle this subject and all the new restaurants of KC.


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Central Standard Friday
9:56 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Eating Alone In KC

Meal time is almost always a social time. However, there are instances when a meal alone can be just as relaxing and refreshing as it would be with friends and family. 

But, where can you go and eat alone without feeling on display or actually feeling alone? Where can you eat surrounded by strangers, but feel as if you're in the comfort of your home? 

The Food Critics will show you the best places to eat out alone.  This week's panel includes host Charles Ferruzza of  The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Mary Bloch of Around the Block, Emily Farris of Feed Me KC and Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine.


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Central Standard Friday
4:52 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Eating Healthy In The New Year

We're 11 days into the new year.  How's that resolution to eat better going?

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Central Standard Friday
12:03 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Dining Rooms Of Days Gone By

Do you remember the Wishbone, Earl's Hamburgers, Po' Folks, Piccadilly Cafeteria, and the Athena on Broadway?  Well, we do.

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Central Standard Friday
5:32 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Food Critics: Fabulous Fish

We're up to the gills in grouper, trout, and tuna on this week's Central Standard Friday.


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Central Standard Friday
6:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Critics: Super Soups

Mmmm, warming.

Ludwig Van Beethoven once theorized: "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."

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Central Standard Friday
2:37 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10

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You're staring at an empty refrigerator realizing if you want to eat you're going to have to go out.  A quick check of the wallet shows it not much fuller than the fridge. So where can you find a decent meal for less than $10?

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Central Standard Friday
9:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Highlight Reel

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We've got a rare treat for you.

Tune in this week when Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, and Emily Farris, of Feed Me KC, join forces with history host Monroe Dodd to bring you a very special edition of Central Standard Friday.

Central Standard Friday
9:13 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Food Critics: Non-Traditional Dining

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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics discuss the best non-traditional places for delicious eats.

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Central Standard Friday
9:42 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Food Critics: Eating Out In Lawrence

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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots in Lawrence. We're talking the best coffee shops, bars and even fine dining in that fun college town west of KC.

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Central Standard Friday
9:25 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Food Critics: Sweet!

Brownie, meet waffle. From Charles' review of Remedy Food + Drink in this week's Pitch.
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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots for a sweet treat in town. From ice cream to macaroons to a slice of coconut cake – we’re coming by with the dessert tray.

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Central Standard Friday
8:56 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Food Critics: Brunch

Brunch is really a cult for some. Yes, that is a mimosa, a bloody mary, and coffee.
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Would you like a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary with that pile of food? Join us for brunch on this Central Standard Friday, as host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics discuss the best spots in town for a leisurely brunch. From chicken and waffles to eggs benedict to corned-beef hash -- where do you love to go on a lazy Saturday?

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Central Standard Friday
9:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Food Critics: Restaurant Etiquette

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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics offer up a lesson in dining etiquette – from what to do with your cell phone, to how to eat BBQ with your boss.

This topic was inspired an e-mail we received from listener Mak (thanks!) who wrote us with this question:

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Central Standard Friday
9:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Food Critics: Lunch Time

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at the Big Biscuit, 12276 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS
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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots for a midday meal -- whether you're in the mood for a food truck taco, pork tenderloin sandwich, burger, or bento box.

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Central Standard Fridays
9:42 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Food Critics: Destination Dining

Justice Drugstore dessert
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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots outside the KC metro area for dining -- including Baldwin City, Leavenworth, Atchison, and Rocheport.

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Central Standard Friday
5:14 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Food Critics: Party Of 10+

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Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite places for taking a large group out to eat on a special occasion.

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