If you arrive before dark in this converted historic firehouse at the head of Southtown’s main drag, you’ll witness the gradual transformation of a fairly restrained, austere room into a red-lit, buzzy hub—if your attention isn’t riveted on your food, that is. Main courses are well-prepared versions of Italian classics like herb-crusted lamb chops and braised pork shanks, but the house-made pastas are where the kitchen really shines. Done with a light touch, they feature slightly nontraditional ingredients: A sweet corn ravioli comes with goat cheese, say, while the ricotta gnocchi is topped with squash ragu. If the food rather than the scene is your interest, come early; the buzz is literal as more and more fashionably dressed young people pour in to see and be seen at the swanky bar. Bonus: This restaurant has the rare large parking lot. The earlier you come, the easier it is to nab a spot.
San Antonio› Restaurant
604 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Our Rating Neighborhood King William/Southtown Hours Mon–Thurs 5–10pm; Fri–Sat 5–11pm. Phone 210/816-0088 Prices Pastas $10; main courses $18–$26. Cuisine Type Italian Web site Battalion
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