Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
8032 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Mon - Sat
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: No
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Healthy, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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I walked in with my party around 8pm on a Tuesday night, and it was semi-busy. There only seemed to be one waiter doing everything from seating, taking orders, serving the food and bussing tables, which was fine. He did a good job, although his service was definitely rushed.
We ordered our entrees and were given a salad and some bread. The dressing on the salad was watery and the chunks of lettuce were MASSIVE. Trying to cut them on such a small plate = salad all over the table. The bread wasn't anything special.
Now on to the entrees. We ordered lasagna and the linguine with clams and cream sauce. The sauce on the lasagna smelled like sauce in a can of chef boyardee. The pasta with clams was WAY salty and overly buttery.
We decided to brave the dessert menu and try the tiramisu cake and a cannoli. The cake was soggy and you didn't get much of a true tiramisu flavor. The pastry of the cannoli was HARD.
After living in New York for awhile, yes, my expectations for Italian food are quite high, but this was a truly poor reproduction of just basic Italian food.
I love Italian food and that what make me visit this restaurant with my wife last weekend. the welcome was very cold for being Italian restaurant even though Italian music was playing . the service was below normal but what cut my eyes and ears is the way how this man and i think his the owner acting so uncivilized with his staff cursing cussing and screaming at all of them and you can hear every thing, it was disgusting to see some one traits his workers that way, and then my food was over cook in ugly dish and i think that is the out come of the way he treat his workers....few minutes later he stop by our table acting like Italian do, but all was fake from the beginning to the end .....by the way, the menu is saying that he's being in business since 1966 .....wooow this what he comes up with after all this long years and this how you act with your employees . Chaim on you man
I live near the area. Was so hungry and craving for some pasta. I googled and found this quaint resto. When i entered the place, there were two couples inside eating. I ordered their sauteed mushrooms and capellini. It was okay--kindah watery tho. The servers were okay but they did not even bothered to ask if i needed water. All in all, i think its a nice place for young couples--- place is kind of romantic at night (with italian songs playing in the background) and budget friendly too.
I have been to Lorenzo's a few times, and every time i go - i leave there delightfully full and IMPRESSED.
This last time we went on Friday, and were treated exceptionally well by our waiter for the evening, Rudy, whose recommendation of not bothering to open my menu, was odd at first but turned out to be a delightful way of him describing the on-board specials of the evening.
I went with the Shrimp Corinna, which was breaded shrimp in a rich and super delicious lemon garlic cream sauce with butter and garlic linguine, and my wife ordered the Sausage Brasciole, which was a homemade roll with super tasty cheese in the middle! I don't think our mouths had ever been any happier than they were on Friday Night!!
Our server Rudy brought us glasses of a wonderful Italian wine , which of course he recommended called Sangue Di Guida, (it means Blood of Judas-I had to write the name down for future reference!). It was a bubbly and sweet red wine served chilled - very tasty!
The chef makes a great Pistachio Walnut Pie and a Chocolate Walnut Pie, which unfortunately they ran out of by the time we were ready to order it, but thats ok, because we have enjoyed these treats before, and we most certainly will again!
Our server was right - always go with the on-board specials, because the Owner/Chef Rick Lorenzo puts such grace and imagination to his beautifully created off-the-menu sensations! His passion is sometimes mistaken though when he gets loud in his kitchen, but i just believe that he doesn't allow any shortcuts from his staff - understandably.
My wife and i will always come back to this restaurant - not only for the on-board dinner specials or for the very tasty wines, but for the excellent service as well!
The food isn't bad,...but it isn't good and the chef isn't really Italian! He likes to talk like he is, which is confusing because he's speaking with an Italian accent. What's funnier and even more pompous is the fact that Patricia, his ex-wife who works for him because she can't get a job anywhere else thinks she's even more Italian than he is. (She's not. At all.) They live in fantasy world up there, and the entire show is disfunctional as hell. The place is packed with chairs and tables even though they don't get much business. The food is alright at best. Rick (the owner) yells at his waitstaff all day long, which I actually found funny, but not all people enjoy watching that. You won't see the same face twice because that's how high the turnover rate is for the staff there. Aside from his ex, (who is stuck up and snooty) because she doesn't have anywhere else to go, and his son who is a deadbeat.
It could have potential.
I absolutely love Lorenzo's! I go there at LEAST once a week for lunch and I am so glad I found this small little restaurant. The food is great and it's cheap. I'm reading some of yalls complaints, and really your probably just fabricating the story. I know the manager/chef & he does a pretty damn good job. As far as the lady who said all of her food was stale and so was the bread, why in god's name would you order a desert if your food was so bad? Wouldn't you assume that ""oh, my bread was stale... my spaghetti was cold and nasty, and deserts would probably be bad too"". If you want to pay more and get ""better"" food to Aldo's down the street or just go to good old Olive Garden.
As a disclaimer, as far as Italian ristorante's are concerned, I grew up in New York and recently spent 4 years living in Italy, so I can judge italian ristorante's a little harsh. But even with putting the ""living it Italy"" aside, Lorenzo's was more like a neighborhood pizza place in NY that a restaurant...or ristorante. The place is really small and quaint.....not much of a romantic place. Nothing on the menu really jumped out at me. As the place struck me as more of a pizza place, I went with my gut and ordered the pizza. My wife had the lasagna, which was dubbed ""The best in SA"". First off, the waiter brought the bread, which was toasted, but cold. The salad's soon followed, which were fine with a nice homemade oil and vinegar dressing. Then our meals came out. The helpings were more of a lunch menu size with a high end dinner price. The sauce was very salty for our taste, but the lasagna was not half bad. As for the pizza, it skimped on the cheese toppings, and at 7:30pm on a Sat night, I heard the chef tell the waiter that after my pizza order, ""no more pizza orders would be taken tonight"". AT 7:30pm on a SATURDAY NIGHT??? Nevertheless, the wait staff was good and the food was mediocre. There really wasn't anything on the menu that my wife or I couldn't have cooked better at home. When we dine out, we expect to have a similar or better experience than our own home cooked meals. Lorenzo's was more of a quick lunch stop, than a ristorante. On a side note, we read the other posts describing Chef Rick's outbursts and mistreatment of staff, so we expected to see something unprofessional. As for tonight, there was no show from the kitchen. But if unprofessional outbursts are a frequent scene.....maybe we should put Lorenzo's on Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares!!!!
Vegetarians have it kind of hard in this city, espeically if the spouse is a die hard carnivore. But at Lorenzo's everyone can leave happy and still have enough money for a movie afterwards. The generous portions of pasta ( chicken alfredo for you canrivores- or the ziti and marinara for the vegetarians) may mean you'll be taking home some leftovers. The menu has tons of options for the vegetarians (veggie to the max pizza, lots of pastas and some old world favorites like lasagna for the carnivores). The salad is fresh and perfectly paired with the house dressing (made from scratch daily- they really should bottle this!). The wine list is big for a little place ( the texas sweet red is great with the chocolate walnut pie- or if you're lucky, the chef sometimes makes the best canoli outside of Rome.) Give it a try- especially if you need great food for an office party in the medical center area- or if you're like me and a vegetarian, or like my husband and a die hard carniovre- Lorenzo's has something for everyone!
My favorite little hideout in SA. The food is yummy, not commerical yummy, it is the type of food you savor bite for bite, like a new baby tasting something for the first time. The space is quaint, but it gives a very romantic feel and kid friendly too. Its a family place, really, the owner and his wife are in there all the time and I think the son is the cook. At times I have seen the grand daughter making her presence. Very great place, feel good place, with feel good food. And you have to have a glass of the Texas red very good, nice a sweet. Oh and dont forget the chocalte Walnut pie. The only bad thing is the price its too reasonable, so you keep wanting to go back for more and more, and well my favorite jeans dont like that.
The best product that you can digest without the torment and fear of breaking your wallet. Lorenzos offers the straight deal and no middle man so to speak when it comes to Italian food. The owner (my father) is at the restaraunt everyday to guarantee that his recipes and livelihood are served to each customer everytime. You'll taste the difference and the quality without the expense from your budget. At worst you may experience what some customers have described as the ""Show"" when the Chef yells in the kitchen to make sure that his employees (including his son and ex wife) are following orders. I admit it is never easy working for family or in a kitchen, but I promise that the Italian food we serve is at the best quality that you can buy in this city.
If you really wanna enjoy some true Italian cuisine come on in and be warned you just might enjoy the show.
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