21 San Antonio Italian Restaurants That Beat Olive Garden 

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In the mood for pizza, pasta or both? Whether you’re looking for classic Italian fare or that with an American twist, you need to taste your way through the best Italian spots in town.
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Il Forno
122 Nogalitos St., (210) 616-2198, ilfomosa.com
Feeling like pizza and wine tonight? Try the parma pizza and Sauvignon Blanc.
Photo via Instagram, ilfornosa
Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano
8539 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 696-2536, aldossa.com
Save enough room for the gelato, either vanilla bean or layered in the classic Neopolitan-style.
Photo via Instagram, aldossatx
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
At Guillermo’s you have large variety of pastas, steaks, salads and pizzas, whether you’re looking for something hearty, light or just right.
Photo via Instagram, amberquaid
Tiu Steppi’s Osteria
Multiple locations, tiusteppis.com
You have to try the handmade pizza, but split the hot & crunchy chicken-on-a-stick as an appetizer for a true treat.
Photo via Instagram, breaking.bread.in.sa
Pompeii Italian Grill
16109 Nacogdoches Rd., (210) 946-5518, pompeiigrill.com
Order the chicken mustard: chicken breast with a mushroom and mustard cream sauce to make your stomach happy.
Photo via Instagram, rayjitsucyrusguam
Aldino at The Vineyard
1203 North Loop 1604 W, (210) 340-0000, aldinos.com
This restaurant is the place of dreams with Sunday brunch and $10 lunch specials.
Photo via Instagram, ari0787
Southtown Pizzeria
728 S. Presa St., (210) 251-4606, facebook.com
When in Southtown, you have to hit up this spot. You've got to try the chocolate torta if you don't get too full after the juicy ribeye steak.
Photo via Instagram, sacurrent
Tre Trattoria
200 W. Jones St #501, (210) 805-0333, tretrattoria.com
Headed by Chef Jason Dady, so you know Tre Trattoria is sinfully delicious. Swap out bacon for prosciutto for a PLT, or try the sweet potato ravioli.
Photo via Instagram, tre_trattoria
255 E. Basse Rd., (210) 832-0300, piatti.com/sanantonio
If you're looking for that Italian flavor without the calories, there's no better place than Piatti. Get the grilled Ahi Tuna or shaved zucchini.
Photo via Instagram, piattisa
Multiple locations, paesanos.com
You can’t go wrong with Paesanos. The Red Snapper Paesano will change your life.
Photo via Instagram, jon.stutsman
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Julian’s Italian Pizzeria and Kitchen
Multiple locations, julianspizzeria.com
You can’t go wrong with the homemade lasagna, Italian sub or Margherita pizza. The best part? You can order online at the West Ave. location.
Photo via Instagram, tedwardssanchez
604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088, battalionsa.com
Pumpkin ravioli? We’re there.
Photo via Instagram, dempapsdoe
Umberto’s Italian Grill
7616 Culebra Rd.,(210) 684-4747, umbertositaliangrill.net
While visiting Umberto’s Italian Grill be sure to check out the chicken gorgonzola entree, though you’ll be satisfied with any of their chicken, pasta or seafood dishes.
Photo via Instagram, pincherichemijo
Louie Italian Restaurant
4979 NW Loop 410, (210) 481-4360, louieitalianrestaurant.com
You’ll want to stop by for lunch, specials start at $7. You must try the cannelloni Alfredo and lobster ravioli.
Photo via Instagram louieitalianrestaurant
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd. Ste. 200, (210) 561-9700, lucesanantonio.com
Choose from over 125 choices of wine to compliment your meal. Yep, it’s going to be THAT kind of night.
Photo via Instagram, dcizzle3
Maggiano’s Little Italy
17603 IH 10W, (210) 451-6000, maggianos.com
Have a filling meal at lunch, or keep it lighter (but just as tasty) with brunch. Lemon ricotta pancakes? Italian sausage frittata? We're sold.
Photo via Instagram, west_texas_
Valentino The Bistro
14357 Blanco Rd., (210) 314-7883, facebook.com
Scope out the menu (which changes monthly) on Facebook to see what’s for dinner tonight.
Photo via Yelp, Richard H.
Capparelli’s On Main
2524 N Main Ave., (210) 735-5757, capparellisonmain.com
Veal, chicken, seafood, your pasta will be delicious no matter what protein you get. The trout almondine and linguine with blue mussels are always a good choice.
Photo via Instagram, john_stiles_
Pesto Ristorante
15179 Judson Rd., (210) 546-1131, pesto-ristorante.com
If you check out Pesto Ristorante, you got to try the shrimp Alejandra. And the avocado salmon. And the romano crusted chicken. And the chicken pesto cilantro.
Photo via Instagram, pestoristorante
Milano Italian Grill
19239 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 495-3663, milanoitaliangrillsa.com
All day happy hour drinks on Sunday?! YAS. Enjoy your Chardonnay with a prosciutto wrap.
Photo via Instagram, sarahmcsweeneymusic
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Main Street Pizza & Pasta
1906 N. Main Ave., (210) 732-8861, mainstreetsa.com
If you don’t feel like splitting a pizza, order a calzone all your own.
Photo via Instagram, bromeo25Itali
Il Forno
122 Nogalitos St., (210) 616-2198, ilfomosa.com
Feeling like pizza and wine tonight? Try the parma pizza and Sauvignon Blanc.
Photo via Instagram, ilfornosa

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