About Cafe Verona Independence, Missouri

Nestled In Historic Independence Square, Café Verona

Come Visit Us at Café Verona

Whether meeting for a business lunch, gathering with friends, or dining for a special night out, Café Verona’s menu includes dishes full of bold flavor and fresh ingredients. From creamy pastas to flavorful salads, from the savory to the sweet, we’re excited for you to try one of our many tempting dishes on your next visit. Savor a glass of wine or a martini from the bar. Wind down the meal with a classic Italian dessert. Enjoy a break in the day or relax in the evening at Café Verona.

Meet The Chef!

Executive Chef Robert Stearns

More well-known as Chef Bobby by customers and staff alike, he’s been a huge influence on how Café Verona crafts its dishes. He originally graduated from Johnson County Community College where he honed his skills as a chef, eventually working as the sous chef at Taste with Jonathan Dallen. He joined Ophelia’s Restaurant & Inn in 2012 and went on to become head chef at Café Verona as well, providing a well of knowledge and taste to every dish he creates.

He has appeared on numerous news station cooking segments, including Fox4 KC and KC Spotlight, as well as featured in local magazines such as IN Kansas City dishing out the occasional recipe. He has also won awards such as the Culinary Fight Club’s steak cook-off. His passion is create, cook, and offer the best food possible.

“I want people to know that I’m back there in the kitchen, cooking for them.”


Revitalizing a Community.

With Ophelia’s Restaurant and Inn as the anchor, the opening of that business didn’t happen because the McClain’s wanted to own a restaurant, but instead because of a desire to revive the Independence Square.

The Square is rich with Truman history and seemed a shame to waste.  A restaurant seemed like a logical place to start because it can become a destination situation unlike other types of businesses. The desire to revive the Square has grown into a total of 18 businesses (and counting!) since Ken and Cindy began this adventure. With a combination of retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, the Independence Square keeps getting better and better!

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McClain Restaurant Group

Front Entrance of Cafe Verona

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