I've lived in San Antonio for almost 20 years and somehow never found this place until some friends invited us to join them there this evening. It was delightful!
The restaurant is located in a strip mall, but as far as strip malls go, this one has more charm than most. There are some beautiful old live oaks shading the restaurant which includes an outdoor patio. The decor inside is muted tones with white tablecloths and candles. A unique touch was little stands (like a short hat rack) beside the tables in the bar for hanging your purse on, so you don't have to put it on the floor. Not sure that I've ever seen these elsewhere, and it was a bit of attention to detail that I liked.
Food was very good. The menu is extensive with standard Italian fare, a wide selection of pasta, seafood, veal, beef, and chicken. I had a classic chicken parmesan which was very well executed and came with some broccoli and carrots cooked to perfection (thank you for not overcooking them!) and a generous side of angel hair pasta with your choice of garlic butter sauce or tomato sauce. The meal also included a house salad with nice fresh greens and a creamy italian dressing and bread sticks served with melted garlic butter. My husband had the Linguini di Mar which he said was excellent.
A highlight of the meal was the live music by Paul. Call ahead and try to schedule your visit on a night when he is playing. He is very talented and I enjoyed his music very much. In addition to singing, he played the flute, keyboard, harmonica and guitar. The music was just loud enough without being overbearing. It was still possible to enjoy conversation with our tablemates. Excessively loud restaurants are a pet peeve of mine, so it was a pleasure to find this gem of a restaurant with such a talented musician.
Not a complaint, really, but of note: the service seemed a bit slow. Every order was exactly right, but it just seemed to take awhile to place our order and there was a lag between courses. We had to flag our waiter to request more wine. However, perhaps we need to learn to slow down a bit and enjoy our food and friendships. I'm sure if you let your waiter know that you are in a hurry (we weren't), they would be able to accomodate you. A couple seated near us sat for at least an hour after they finished their meal, simply enjoying the music. The staff seemed happy to accomodate them and there was no rush to clear them out, unlike some places that want to turn around a table as fast as they can.
The full menu is available online, so you can see pricing there. Most entrees seemed to run around $12-$20, with steaks and some seafood dishes running more. House wine was $6.50 a glass with a pretty generous pour. Also, check their website. They are currently offering a 10% discount if you book a reservation through the website.
Overall, for the wide range of menu choices, good quality of food, nice ambiance and excellent music, I give this place 5 stars and look forward to a return visit soon!
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