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“Best kept locally owned and operated Italian restaurant on the Riverwalk!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rio de Gelato

Rio de Gelato
Ranked #13 of 114 Dessert in San Antonio
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Ciao! We are a locally owned & operated pizzeria that features a full Italian café as well as a complete gelato bar. Our menu items are freshly prepared daily according to our own pastime family recipes. We look forward to seeing you soon!
San Antonio, TX
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best kept locally owned and operated Italian restaurant on the Riverwalk!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Rio De Gelato is fantastic, much more than just Gelato, this place has excellent pizza as well. Everything is made from scratch, and the place is well decorated too. The Gelato is the best I have ever tasted! The mint in the gelato is REAL, I know because my mom would grow mint at home for cooking and I remember that smell. If you want an authentic locally owned establishment to try, this is the place!!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rishi M
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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Coffee, Dessert & Pizza Spot on the Riverwalk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We visited Rio de Gelato several times while in San Antonio for 6 days this month. First, everything is fresh and homemade. Quality ingredients and excellent recipes. You really taste the difference. The gelato is superb as is the cannoli. My husband's favorite flavors of gelato were the milk & honey and the coffee. My faves were the coffee flavor and the stracciatella. The cannoli is perfect...not too sweet. The pizza crust is light and crispy. Very nice toppings. We had proscuitto & jalapenos. The coffee is imported from Italy and outstanding. The owners were charming and informative. Thanks Alfredo & family!

Visited July 2013
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Thank laf4ever
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Dallas, Texas
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117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A taste of Italy in San Antonio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

This is a great little shop in the Aztec building (just past the Hard Rock) on the Riverwalk in SA. My husband and I had the best time talking to Alfredo about the gelato and coffee. He treated us like guests in his home. We tried so many delicious flavors of gelato (there is a second gelato case by the cash register- don't miss it. He keeps the basil strawberry, cantaloupe, and pineapple grapefruit there). The espresso was great. He offered us a complimentary slice of pizza, but we were just too stuffed from dinner. Next time! I feel like I made a friend that day. Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

There is a $5 credit card minimum. He opens around noon.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jackie D
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
1 review
“A must do for San Antonio!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Indulge in a grand experience @ Rio de Gelato while making a new friend named Alfredo who uses old family recipes and runs the shop. The gelato and cannoli are MAGNIFICENT! Visiting w/ Alfredo is like taking a stroll through Italy itself. Unique, fun, positive dining experience. We were at the River Walk for three days and went to visit Alfredo and have a gelato each day. Rio de Gelato is a must do for anyone visiting the San Antonio River Walk. It was worth the drive all the way from Mississippi.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Steve J
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Camano Island, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Gelato is an art form and Alfredo is an artist!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you have ever had the ethereal experience of strolling through Italy and indulging in the culinary artistry that is gelato, then you MUST visit Alfredo at Rio de Gelato! His passion for the flavors and ingredients that he puts into his gelato shine through every word he speaks from the moment you enter his shop. Hard to find unless you are looking for it...so go look for it and enjoy the beautiful River Walk along the way. It will be worth every penny! Indulge Alfredo in conversation about his homeland and you will not only enjoy a wonderful gelato, you'll make a genuine friend. Tell him Giulia from Seattle sent ya! If only I could get him to open up a shop here...sigh.

  • Visited July 2013
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