Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza Announces Restaurant and Chefs

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New Kansas City Hotel to Feature Modern Italian Cuisine and Renowned Chefs

Chef Brian Archibald

"Rosso will offer a combination of classic Europe and the rustic spirit of the Midwest," says Robert Leyva, General Manager.

This November, Kansas Citians can experience a little bit of Italy right in their own backyard. Rosso, a new restaurant on the top floor of Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, will offer modern, upscale Italian fare amid wonderful views of the city.

Rosso (pronounced ROHS-soh), which means “red” in Italian, was inspired by the hill town in Italy of the same name and seamlessly blends classic European style with a Midwestern sensibility. The vision for Rosso stems from “Palio di Siena,” or “Running of the Horses,” a biannual event in Siena that brings neighborhoods together to celebrate in the festival. The name, Rosso, signifies the rich red tapestries that hang from the buildings in Siena during the festival. A 100-foot mural will adorn the walls to help create this sense of festivity and pageantry.

“Rosso will offer a combination of classic Europe and the rustic spirit of the Midwest,” says Robert Leyva, general manager of the Valencia Group. “At the restaurant and bar, people can enjoy one-of-a-kind views of Sunset Hill, Brush Creek and the Country Club Plaza, and the food is sure to impress.”

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza has hired an executive chef and a corporate chef for the restaurant. Their combined experience brings a level of expertise that is unmatched in Kansas City.

  •     Brian Archibald joins Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza and Rosso as executive chef. An industry veteran, Chef Archibald studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked at New York’s four-star restaurant, Daniel, the famed AAA Five-Diamond Phoenician Resort in Phoenix, and most recently at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
  •     Thomas Gagliardi will serve as the hotel’s corporate chef. Chef Gagliardi’s past experience includes working at AAA Five Diamond properties such as the Bellagio Resort Hotel and Casino and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and opening two five-star hotels in Dubai.

“To me there’s nothing better than good food, great people and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere,” says Chef Archibald. “We promise to deliver all of that at Rosso. I look forward to partnering with local farmers to ensure we’re using the freshest ingredients for our guests.”

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is scheduled to open Nov. 6, 2013. It will offer 4,000 square feet of dining and drinking space, along with a rooftop pool terrace for al fresco occasions. Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is located at 901 W. 48th Place. Rosso will be open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. for breakfast, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for dinner. The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. For more information, visit

About Valencia Group

Houston-based Valencia Group provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service boutique hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Recognized both nationally and internationally for their exceptional service and style, Valencia Group hotels fuse a crisp, globally-inspired modern design aesthetic with warm Mediterranean influences. All three of the Valencia Group hotels have earned coveted spots on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2013. This year is one of substantial growth for the company with the second Sorella - Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza – slated for an autumn opening in Kansas City, MO and a new concept: Lone Star Court - A 21st Century reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. Lone Star Court will premier in autumn 2013 in Austin at The Domain. For more information, please visit

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