A icon in the community where old world meets modern
Paesanos moved from their original location on McCullough to the Quarry in 1996. Paesanos has been around since 1969 and was originated by Joe Cosniac, the original owner. There are two other locations, 1604 and on the Riverwalk. Each restaurant has its own flare, however they are all neighborhood restaurants, an extension of your kitchen. Paesanos at The Quarry has a local following in the area and people can literally walk to the restaurant to eat.
If you want great value for the price this is the place to go, Paesanos uses local suppliers and all dishes are prepared fresh daily. Paesanos is a high volume restaurant with high energy. They have done an excellent job keeping their menu current and fresh, it’s comfort food at its finest. Paesanos strives to accommodate those who want healthy food and has successfully created a marriage of contemporary meets old world, and the service is excellent! Paesanos also has 4 generations of kitchen staff working for them and their average tenure is 20yrs, amazing!
We had a medley of appetizers to include: Shrimp Paesano, Smoked Norwegian Salmon, and the crab cakes. These all go very well with the Pinot Bianco by Weissburgunder, which is a very crisp, dry white wine. They all have very unique flavors and just melt in your mouth.
The appetizers can also be ordered as separate entrees, however if you‘re just looking for a taste of each, order the appetizers. The entrees will offer more generous portions.
We had The Special Salad and you can add chicken or salmon, and let me tell you this salad is crisp and hearty with Paesanos own house vinaigrette. It’s a very tangy salad full of artichoke, chunks of avocado, and a variety of other ingredients making it delightful.
Next, the Porco Osso Bucco, which is braised pork that just falls off the bone. This is comfort food at its finest and just made me feel like I was enjoying an after Sunday dinner at home with my husband. This dish is served with Pancetta Gnocchi so if you’re looking for hearty this is it!
After that we had the Filleto Di Manzo Alla Pizzaiola cooked medium. A very delectable dish served with spaghetti and tomato sauce on the side. The tomato sauce as well as all their sauces are made in-house.
Last but not least we had a couple of house made desserts. Tiramasu which has a very oaky coffee taste and it is very light, pairing well with a cup of cappuccino. Then we had a special dessert Paesanos is very proud of and I can see why. The Apple Tarte is to die for! It’s sitting on top of the most delectable caramel sauce, which almost gave me a cavity! It was sweet, but not that sweet, however it was one of the most palatable desserts I’ve had in awhile.
Paesanos is the perfect place to cater any event you may be having.
**Full Disclosure: My husband and I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Location: 555 East Basse, San Antonio TX 78209
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner served daily
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm
Monday-Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm