Kinsey’s Italian Café Owner Talks 8 Years Of Success In McCordsville
Photographer: Lucas Cooley
If there is one thing that Randy Kinsey, co-owner of Kinsey’s Italian Café, knows, it’s pizza.
In fact, pizza and Italian food have been a big part of his life since he was a kid. It’s why he and his wife, Christi, opened Kinsey’s Italian Café, 6383 W. Broadway, McCordsville, in 2011. They brought a partner, Joe Leath, on board in 2015, to help with the business. He also shares their love of Italian cuisine.
“Pizza and Italian food is our livelihood and passion,” Kinsey says. “I started working for Luca Pizza when I was 15 years old. I was with them for 20 years. Joe worked with Luca Pizza and Enzo Pizza for 15 years. Then he had Philadelphia Steak and Fries at the Indianapolis City Market in downtown Indy for 15 years.”
Their combined pizza and restaurant experience have paid off tremendously. Kinsey’s Italian Café has grown steadily since they opened.
“We have had a really good response,” Kinsey says. “We have had a 10 to 15 percent growth each year since we opened.”
Their delicious specialty pizzas include The Marauder, with sausage, pepperoni, ham, fresh garlic, spinach, onions, green or banana peppers, black or green olives, mushrooms and pineapple, The Hoosier with sausages, pepperoni, bacon, and ham, and The Hancock with sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms, among many other pizza choices.
They also have a wide selection of regular and premium pizza toppings. Their pasta dinners and signature dishes are also popular.
“Our best seller is our Homemade Lasagna,” Kinsey says. “Other favorites are Chicken Parmesan, Fettuccini Alfredo and our subs. We make all of our pizza dough daily and our own sub sandwich buns.”
Kinsey’s Italian Café also has delicious Beef Ravioli, Cheesy Manicotti and Tri-Colored Tortellini, among other choices.
“My favorite is our Chicken Bruschetta and Spinach Abruzzo pasta dinners,” Kinsey adds.
The Tuscany Bruschetta with bacon and a bruschetta mix over Fettuccine with Alcedo sauce is also excellent.
Sandwiches include an Italian Sub, The McCord with sliced chicken breast, jalapeño peppers, red onions, spinach and mozzarella cheese and a wide variety of cheeseburgers. That’s just a few of a wide selection of sandwiches to choose from.
The drink specials at Kinsey’s are also a big draw. Kinsey noted that every Thursday is $3.00 off any bottle of wine, and they also serve beer.
Kinsey loves living in Indiana.
“I am from this area, and we have a family farm that has been in our family since 1937,” Kinsey says. “Christi and I live there along with our children. I graduated in 1985 from Greenfield Central High School. Joe actually has lived in this area since his parents relocated here in 1979. He was a 1983 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. Joe Leath and his family live in Fortville.
“We have supported our community schools since we opened in 2011. We have given back in donations and discounts to all of our local schools.”
These include schools in Mt. Vernon, New Palestine, Greenfield-Central and Lawrence Township. They also donate to Cathedral High School, Heritage Christian and Hamilton Southeastern schools.
“We will always be willing to help as long we can,” Kinsey says.
Kinsey and his staff will keep feeding their loyal customers for years to come.
“We will continue to offer large portions at great pricing,” Kinsey says. “Our pasta dishes are large enough to have leftovers for the next day.”
Kinsey’s Italian Café is located at 6383 W. Broadway Ste D in McCordsville. Give them a call at 317-336-1300 or visit them online at kinseysitaliancafe.com.