Best Italian

Staff Pick

TIE: Il Sogno

200 E. Grayson St. • (210) 223-3900

Sorrento Pizza and Restaurant

5146 Broadway • (210) 824-0055

> San Antonio, you sly dog. Turns out, you want to have your cake and eat it too. You want refined squid ink risotto on china, and you want old-school lasagna on a vinyl tablecloth. That's why we chose both Il Sogno and Sorrento as the best Italian in the city. Who can blame us for loving both the high brow and the low? Andrew Weissman's Il Sogno is where you go to rub elbows with some of San Antonio's finest and eat housemade pastas, charcuterie and delectable desserts. Anna Ciccone's Sorrento is where you can nosh on a damn fine vegetable pizza and all of the old-school pastas with meat and cheese in them.

In some ways, these restaurants couldn't be more different. Andrew Weissman is CIA-trained and a multiple James Beard Award nominee. The late Gino Ciccone immigrated from Italy to the United States and worked as an unheralded chef before coming to San Antonio. Il Sogno is housed in the ever-growing Pearl Brewery, has a wall of wine, a charcuterie browsing station and white tablecloths. Sorrento is in a strip center on Broadway between a liquor store and a bar and has metal chairs and a whiteboard full of daily specials.

But both are fiercely beloved and patronized by their respective clientele. Regulars at both restaurants are recognized and greeted warmly by staff. And those of us who follow the food scene in San Antonio agree that we love them both equally. If you'll excuse us, we're going to go stuff our faces now.

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