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Italian in San Antonio

sbinder Oct 9, 2012 08:51 AM

I will be traveling to San Antonio to run a half marathon next month and need to load up on carbs the night before the race. What is the best Italian restaurant in San Antonio? I am happy to travel to any part of the city and to spend money for good food. Thanks!

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    saeyedoc RE: sbinder Oct 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    Il Sogno- @ the Pearl Brewery Complex, best by far IMO. Make reservations if you're interested.
    Tre Trattoria- on Broadway next to the Witte Museum, next best.
    Dough Pizzeria- amazing authentic Neopolitan pizza and other goodies, usually a long wait to get in. No pasta though.

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      ddavis RE: saeyedoc Oct 13, 2012 08:35 AM

      Does Il Sogno now take reservations? I thought when they opened they didn't.

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        saeyedoc RE: ddavis Oct 13, 2012 11:30 AM

        Yeah, they have for a while.

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      San Antonio Sam RE: sbinder Oct 14, 2012 12:25 PM

      If I wanted to load up on carbs, I would head straight to Luce in the Huebner Oaks shopping center and order a plate of house-made gnocchi. I love gnocchi - most places don't do them justice but these are light, fluffy bombs of carbohydrate-loaded goodness.

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        saeyedoc RE: San Antonio Sam Oct 15, 2012 06:35 AM

        Luce, really? I ate there a year or so ago, thought it was horrible. For gnocci, I like Tre Trattoria or Il Sogno.

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          San Antonio Sam RE: saeyedoc Oct 15, 2012 10:34 AM

          Maybe Luce was just having a good day when I visited? I have not tried the gnocchi at Tre Trattoria or Il Sogno - but I grew up in an Italian family and my uncle owned an Italian restaurant - both he and my grandmother made gnocchi - which is the basis for my comparisons. They made food in a very different style than Tre Trattoria and Il Sogno. No Gorgonzola in my grandma's kitchen.

          FWIW - my wife ordered the bolognese and didn't really care for it.

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            bronwen RE: San Antonio Sam Oct 16, 2012 08:20 AM

            It's not gourmet, more like a New York family-style Italian but I quite like La Foccacia. Their veal is very good and I like the retro atmosphere!

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              Sam Spade RE: bronwen Oct 17, 2012 09:31 AM

              I'm with saeyedoc on the reccomendations, though like Tre's gnocci a bit more. Talk about retro atmosphere...Piccolos (Evers between Wurzbach/410) takes the cake for me. Original chef was at Paesanos back in the day, son is a CIA grad from what I hear.

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