My son Eddie and I opened Cupini's in 2003 on Westport Road in Kansas City with one mission; to deliver fresh pasta that is all natural, tastes like my mom used to make and available at a reasonable price.
When we expanded in the first year we knew that Kansas City had fallen in love at first bite.
My youngest son Dino joins us over the summers and Eddie got married to the lovely Nerissa and we are blessed my grandchildren Allessandro and Sofia.
Cupini's is about food and family. Come in for a meal, and leave as a friend.
Ciao Bella -
Back in 2012 we set out to build the world's longest pasta noodle and ended up with a lasagna sheet stretching over 2100 feet.
With all the pasta making going on we needed an extra hand so we brought on Junior Chef Allessandro.
Enjoy all of our pastas in your own kitchen, from fresh cut pappardelle to just stuffed chicken cacciatore ravioli.
Agostino Franco Cupini was born in Rome, Italy, in 1944, the son of a government administrator. After attending Bernini institute at the university of Rome, he received his early cooking experience at the Enalc Hotel School in Rome where he was tutored by the top Chefs of Italy.
After graduation, Franco went to work as an assistant chef at the prestigious, 600-room, Grand Hotel in Rome where he developed an impressive reputation among celebrities dignitaries and the European aristocracy. Soon, Franco was summoned to cook for former Italian President Giovanni Leone at his Quirinale Palace. Word of his expertise soon spread and Franco was in demand internationally for his culinary expertise.
Franco spent time cooking aboard the exclusive greek liner “Athena” at Lorezo’s Restaurant in London and at Le Boate’s in Paris. He originated such innovative ideas as “pan-fried ice cream”, and wedding cakes with live doves and illuminated ice carvings.
After coming to the United States in 1968, Franco went on to create his own exclusive restaurant in St. Louis, and followed that by becoming the Executive Chef at the Ritz Carlton. Franco currently owns Cupini’s in Kansas City – which has received national acclaim by USA Today, Zagat and two shows on the Food network., Diners Drive Ins and Dives and The Neelies.
Eddie Cupini was born in St. Louis, MO and left with his father, Franco Cupini, when he 8 months old to move to Rome Italy. Lived in Rome until the age of 3 years old. While growing up with Franco as a single parent, Eddie spent a lot of time going to work with his father. At the age of 7, Eddie, started working at "Agostino's Little Place" in Ballwin, MO as a bus boy. While working there meet and served a lot of celebrities such as Auggie Busch Sr., Bernie Ferderko, and many more.
After High School, trying to get out of the restaurant business, entered the US Navy. Was stationed out of Guam and was in the first Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Always in love with soccer, played soccer for the ALL Navy Select Team and All Military, had the opportunity to move to Australia to play soccer for two years while in Australia.
Moving to Kansas City, I managed Japengo's on the Plaza for two years. While there,I started my own distributing company, Importing Olive Oils, Pasta, Tomatoes and other specialty items. Then, Japengo's closed and I started as a server at Starker's Reserve. I managed Starker's while running the distributing company during the day. One day, while servicing Dean and Deluca's was asked if I knew anyone that does fresh pasta. I said "I've been making fresh pasta with my father since I was a little kid". Dean and Deluca in Leawood, KS, then offered me a position as an independent contractor, making and selling fresh pasta for them at the store. So, I purchased a pasta machine and started making fresh pasta daily for them. While making the pasta there, my father was coming from St. Louis, to help me with production. Many restaurants were calling and wanting the product. That is when Franco said "Eddie find us a spot in KC".
While driving around one day with my friend from the Navy, Hipolito Martinez, we spotted the Cupini's in Westport. Opening Cupini's in 2003, making pasta in the front window and running operations of the front of the house while my father ran the back of the house. Soon, I met my lovely wife, Nerissa in 2004 and we now have two children, Alessandro and Sofia.