WICHITA — After almost 30 years of working in the restaurant business for others, Guillermo Perez-Munoz is opening his own place in the former Press space at the Waterfront.
“Why not?” he says, not allowing the previous failures of Piztros, Sabor and Press to deter him.
“We can analyze them — all of them,” Perez-Munoz says of why those businesses didn’t work.
The key, he says, is keeping his focus on food.
“In this area, it’s about families.”
So he’s opening Ciao Italian Kitchen, a 130-seat restaurant that will feature what Perez-Munoz calls the ultimate comfort food.
“We are an Italian kitchen first and foremost,” he says. “Every home is designed around the kitchen, so that’s what we’re doing.”
An extensive menu will include Italian favorites such as pizza, calzone and lasagna along with items such as surf-and-turf dishes.
Perez-Munoz isn’t planning any dishes from his native Puerto Rico, but he says as the business progresses he’ll probably “put some flare into it and bring some crazy pastas.”