Pizza >Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
8032 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX | Directions 7822929.513215 -98.569441
When times are hard eat good – 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.
Can anyone say "anger management"? – I have to be honest, this was the first little Italian place my wife and I tried when we arrived in San Antonio. It WAS (keyword WAS) great.
My wife is Italian, from IL and used to really good Italian food and she really liked both the quality of service and food they offered here (her family too when they visited).
But that was then. The past two times we went there (Nov 2007) the food was terrible and since we were the only other family there we got to experience "how not to treat your employees 101".
It was as close as an experience to sitting around the dinner table with Al Pacino in the movie the Godfather (the first one). "Fogetta about it".
As the food got worse the comedy got better. I wish I had my camera so I could post this stuff on youtube.
I do feel bad for the employees though and really don't understand how they can put up with it.
The manager or cook, Rick, really knows how to put it to his employees, especially when around an audience (us the guests)...
"What the hell is the matter witchyou, you call this egglplant???!!!....you ever seen eggplant before? get the hell out of here and go get some real eggplant you...." there's much more but I won't go into it.
The irony of it is that this place has a lot of potential. It has the cozy feeling from the "little hole in the wall" that it is and the food was once really good; don't know where it went wrong"
The portions aren't very big though, never have been.
Go there and if it's better please let us know. If not at least you'll get a laugh out of it.
This place has a high rating?? – I am surprised this place is rated so highly. We went there at 6:30 pm on a Saturday and when we walked in were the only two people in the place...that was our first clue. It is quaint and the staff is nice, but there was a manager or the owner talking so loudly it was impossibly to have a conversation over him. He yelled at someone for throwing out the decaf and called one of the waitstaff a liar. He was not phased that there were customers sitting right there! Our waiter was very nice, and tried to ignore the rantings, but it was clear that it was common place. Our food was not good. I had the alfredo, which was tasteless and almost lumpy in texture. My husband had the special - Osso Buco which was a veal dish. It was not good at all. It was two thin veal "patties" breaded with marina poured over it. Needless to say we won't be back.
GREAT PLACE! Plus...no kids running around! – I have to say I have never had bad service here. All the waiters were always great and down to earth. The bread is sooo good too. I recommend the meat sauce. Its homemade and very good. The pizza I had once was just ok...but all the pasta dishes are GREAT.
Stale bread vs. irate chef – My husband and I ate lunch there an hour ago. We won't be going back, nor will we be suggesting it to anyone. The best part of our lunch was the thawed-out piece of cheesecake that we shared. The worst part was a toss-up between the horrible garlic bread and the overbearing chef, Rick. I really wanted to tell him that he ruined our lunch hour with his constant belittling of the two poor waitresses, but I was in a serious time crunch. Whether his complaints with them were founded or not, there is a time and a place and a manner in which one should address their co-workers, and he clearly doesn't realize that. I arrived after my husband, who had ordered our food and was already eating. I was greeted with the stalest, driest bread imaginable; he said it was like that to begin with, not because of it sitting out on our table for 10 minutes. When I had the waitress bring us some fresh bread, she brought us the same basket back; they had simply warmed it, and I could tell it was the same b/c of the little bites I took from one piece in there! I had the spaghetti w/garlic and O.O., which was nothing above what I can throw together, and I'm no chef. My husband had the chicken tortellini which had good flavor but was a rather small portion, even by lunch menu standards. Both our house salads were pretty pitiful too. If you want good, "authentic", Italian food, you're better off sticking to your local Olive Garden, we're sad to say!
Poor Customer Service on Valentine's Day – I called Lorenzo's for Valentine's reservations for my family (wife and 3 1/2 year old little girl) and was told that they could seat us immediately if we were there in 10 minutes. After he told me this and heard my little girl in the background and stated - "We are only allowing kids over the age of 16 until 9:00pm.
Who would bring their kids out after 9:00pm - this was very dissappointing to see that this establishment is not kids and family friendly.
Quality and low key dining – If you are looking for a very casual and relaxing atmosphere, Lorenzo's could be for you. I work for a major hotel chain and this spot is highly recommended, not only by myself but co workers. Promt seating and family friendly service help make this restaurant. Local cuisine is always helpful in looking to make a city more personable. Highly recommended
Mama Mia ! – Anyone tired of long lines and long waits for the local chain restaurants? I have to say Lorenzo's does it well. I love the portions and the price. Rick, the owner, knows his stuff. I look forward to seeing Jim and the other guys that work there each time I dine. The pizza is never a bad choice. I try to order something different each time. The salad is delicious. Lorenzo's has a nice selection of wine and the best desserts. Don't just take my word for it, I've seen local newscasters go in there too. Head on over for a delicious meal and tell them I said so, lol.
They are part of the Capparell family and use some of the same recipies. – Good food and nice price. Small joint that is pretty much as eating Capparelli food with a differant name. There use the Capparelli family cookbook because they are kin to each other.
good baked ziti – must try this place more--the baked ziti was pretty off the hook. their salad has excellent dressing!
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