For Corvino -- who ran the kitchen at the lauded Kansas City institution the American -- the decision to have both tasting and a la carte menus was a selfish one. "When you’re sitting there doing a tasting menu all day, you taste a lot of the components [constantly]," he says. "But, it’s not all necessarily really craveable food, right?" So he set out to also cook a menu of dishes he would want to eat every day. "It’s dangerous," Corvino adds with a laugh.
For all of the entangled flavors Corvino manages to create, the restaurant's most talked-about item is found on the late-night menu, simply called "cheeseburger." Eschewing the display of burger one-upmanship restaurants have been competing in lately, Corvino keeps it simple. Smashed double chuck patties are thoroughly caramelized and overlaid with melted slices of Muenster, stacked under a few pickles and a bit of charred onion on a squishy, but toasted sesame seed bun that's been lightly lathered with creamy aioli. It’s best consumed at one of Corvino’s almost too-spacious tables, taking in the leviathan painted ravens that adorn the walls (Corvino translates to "raven" in Italian), and listening to a local jazz artist croon on stage. There’s a vegetarian version of the late-night burger that swaps the beef for an equally caramelized mushroom for less meat-inclined diners. We ordered the burgers — one beef, one mushroom — just 15 minutes after wrapping up a proper dinner when we heard that the couple at the table next to us visited the restaurant nearly every week, sometimes more, for the late-night menu.