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About 1889



But what is Neapolitan pizza?


Legend has it that in 1889, pizza was created in Naples, Italy, for Queen Margherita of Savoy. True Neapolitan pizza has a distinct flavor, simple ingredients and is baked in a wood-fired oven. 1889 Pizza is bringing pizza back to its roots by using wood-fired ovens, San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce and “00” Caputo flour for the dough. Our pizzas are baked in copper-clad ovens at a temperature in excess of 1,000 degrees, making the crust deliciously soft and chewy with a little char on the outside.

Unlike a carryout or full-service pizza restaurant, 1889 Pizza allows guests to choose their experience. In a rush? Order, pay and receive your pizza quickly. Or, if you want a memorable night out with friends, stay and enjoy a glass of wine from our taps. 1889 caters to our hectic lifestyle, but allows guests to experience true, gourmet Neapolitan pizza.

Jason and Kelli Kolich are husband and wife owners that know people crave a different type of pizza – fresh, handmade Neapolitan pie. Pizza Napoletana has been inspiring people for more than a century. 

1889 Pizza strives to bring Kansas City a high-end concept at a fast pace, without compromising authenticity or flavor. Try us today!


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Prior to meeting each other, Jason and Kelli studied abroad in Italy, sparking their appreciation and love for Neapolitan pizza and the desire to express themselves through food. Now, Jason and Kelli Kolich, husband and wife duo are proud to share their passion for Neapolitan pizza and Italian culture with Kansas City.

In early 2014, Jason made his passion for pizza official. He began developing the concept of 1889 Pizza Napoletana and trained under Tony Gemignani, world-renowned pizza maker and restaurateur in San Francisco. During this training, Jason became certified Pizzaiolo, or pizza maker. Tony has been featured in Forbes’ for "best pizza in America," among numerous other accolades.

Kelli has several years of experience in public relations, blogger relations and corporate marketing of consumer brands and national restaurant chains from her past marketing and communications engagements. Her love of food and ambiance permeate the restaurant, bringing a little bit of Italy to the heart of Kansas City. 

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