Authentic Italian Cuisine at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca – San Antonio, Texas
Our second day in San Antonio consisted of sight seeing all day long. We toured the Alamo and then purchased Hopper passes for the Trolley bus which allows you to “Hop-on Hop-off” at any of the stops along the entire route. We did stops at the Tower of America and all of the Missions around San Antonio. It was a long fun filled day and by dinner time we were ready for a great meal. I again consulted the online review sites and we decided to do Italian and not just any Italian but a locally owned authentic Italian restaurant. When we read the detail of Luce Ristorante e Enoteca we knew it was the place to go to fulfull our Italian gravings .
First of all Luce Ristorante e Enoteca means Luce Restaurant Library in Italian. When you enter the dining room the entire walls are covered with wine bottles like books in a library. Luce has over 125 choices on their wine list and believes that the proper wine with each meal course makes the food more enjoyable. Chef Joe Buonincontri opened Luce in 2005 and has been wowing the locals ever since with the family receipes and house made items such as Gnocchi, Italian rice balls and Mozzarella cheese.
We actually utilized their online reservation service through Open Table because we didn’t know what kind of evening crowd they would have. Turned out that we probably wouldn’t have needed the reservations but I’d rather be save than sorry.
When we arrived at the Luce Ristorante e Enoteca we were given the choice of the dining room or the patio, we chose the dining room because it was still hot outside and we’d been outside all day long. The hostess was very courteous to us and treated us like honored guest. She took us to a table and ask was it OK and I asked could we sit next to the window and she changed us to the window seat without a problem. Chef Buonincontri must stress customer service because immediately after we were seated our server appeared filled the water glasses and begin telling us the specials of the evening. She was a very personable young lady with an easy laugh and with a working knowledge of the menu that came out when we asked questions about the various dishes. Debra decide on Chicken Marsla which was Floured and sauteed breast of Chicken with mushrooms and Marsala Demi-Glace, Tomato Risotto and toasted garlic vegetables.($21.00) After some discussions with our server she recommended I try the Pappardelle con Polpette e Salsiccia, which was homemade Meatballs, Spicy Italian Sausage, Pappardelle Pasta Marinara. ($19.00)
The server brought our salads and they were prepared with fresh ingredients and served with a homemade Italian dressing and that was extremely good. As with all good Italian Restaurants, a good house-made bread was served along with the salad. And, the server wasn’t hesitant about bringing an additional serving or two when she said the plate was empty.
Our entree arrived in due course and they were a feast for the eyes as well as our mouths. Beautiful presented and garnished with a understated flair they screamed “Eat-Me Slowly and Enjoy.” I took the first bite of my dish and my taste buds exploded with the complex bouquet of spices in the dish, it was spicy with a hint of tartness in the marinara sauce and then the garlic and other spices kicked in. It was like a carnival of flavors being held in your mouth. Debra was totally delighted with her Chicken Marsla had agreed that it was the best Italian we have ever experienced.
After we had finished our main course the server came back and brought us the dessert menu. After careful consideration Debra ordered the Chocolate “Lava Torta” with Vanilla Gelato ($5.00) and I decided on the Tiramisu, which is Lady Fingers dredged in Espresso, layered with rum Mascarpone. ($5.00) Both the dessert were over the top and we were duly impressed with not only the presentation but the taste as well. Truly a fitting end to a memorable meal.
|Pappardelle:||(9 / 9)|
|Chicken Marsla:||(9 / 9)|
|Lava-Torta:||(8 / 9)|
|Tiramisu:||(9 / 9)|
|Service:||(8 / 9)|
|Value:||(8 / 9)|
|Average:||(8.5 / 9)|
Credit cards: Yes
Catering Service Available: call
Outdoor dining: Yes
Suggestions: Select Wines
Ambiance: White Table Cloth
Service: Friendly & Informative
Vegetarian: ask your server
Price Range: $$
Health Score: Unk
Smoke Free: Yes
Soft Drink Brand: Coke
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