It’s been nine years since my husband and I moved to San Antonio. In that time, we’ve sampled tacos al pastor from La Gloria, enjoyed brisket from Rudy’s, and drank our fair share of aguas frescas. But in these nine years, we’ve struggled to find the Italian food we missed while living on the East Coast.
Since both of us are Italian (both of my mom’s parents and my husband’s grandfather were Italian immigrants), we know a thing or two about authentic cuisine. We were eager to check out the San Antonio Express News‘ restaurant reviews to discover a good Italian restaurant, but much to our dismay, we found Olive Garden listed as the reader’s choice (closely followed by Carino’s and Macaroni Grill). Look, no offense to the Olive Garden. I love a good soup, salad, and breadstick lunch as much as the next guy. But calling Olive Garden the best Italian restaurant is like calling Taco Bell the best Mexican restaurant. I’ve been to Italy, and I saw no unlimited breadsticks, nor a lasagna fritta on the appetizer menu.
So I searched high and low and enlisted the help of my fellow ACMB contributors to provide you with the best Italian restaurants in San Antonio. Let me know what I missed!
Italian Food in San Antonio
ACMB recommends: The shrimp paesano is a succulent dish with lightly fried shrimp embedded on a creamy pasta. Delicioso indeed!
Food truck, locations vary but can frequently be found at The Point Park and Eats
ACMB recommends: Big Guido’s features authentic New York pizza. The owner is a big Yankees fan and gives away free cannoli to other Yankee fans! This Baltimore Orioles girl could not bring herself to pretend to root for the Yankees, even for a cannoli, but he was so happy to talk baseball he gave me one anyway.
Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant
ACMB recommends: The signature dish is veal raffalo and it’s for a good reason. The chicken parmagiana is a treat for non-veal eaters.