I found Lorenzo's during a brief stay in San Antonio a few years ago. The owner Rick, staff Cy and Jimmy were great and so was the food. I ate there at least once a week and sampled a new entree each visit. Never had a bad dish, the prices were more than reasonable, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. If I ever return to the San Antonio area, Rick's is where you'll be able to find me. Hey Rick, I hope you remember us...we were the 4 cops that came in all of the time. Always thinking about how nice all of you were to us and the great eats!
I go to Lorenzo's once a week. I love the wait staff (they're SO friendly), the owner is one of the sweetest guys ever and the food is just beyond amazing. It sometimes can get really busy, but other then that, it's just really good. I always go on Wednesdays for the baked ziti which I recommend. I love the bread and the salads are just really light and perfect. You don't need a big salad with ranch dressing, to fill you up bfeore you eat a pasta dish. It's just enough to fill you up.
I didn't really like the pasta dish I got- it was just a marinara sauce and I probably could have made it myself. The starter bread wasn't anything special either. The salad, also very standard and nothing to ever come back for. The dessert was good! I had a tiramisu that I highly recommend !
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!
Pros: Ridiculously low-prices, flavorful food, outstanding service
Cons: too small - deserves more space
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.
Pros: none really
Cons: it's a joke
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.
Pros: It's delicious, service is amazing, and the story behind the restaurant is just heart-warming.
Cons: It can get pretty damn busy during lunchtimes.
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.
Pros: nothing but pros
Cons: small and quaint so call ahead for big parties
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.
Pros: Great food inexpensive
Cons: Hole in the wall
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.
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.
Pros: Nice waiter
Cons: bad food, loud owner/manager, expensive for a place like this
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.
Pros: Great service...meat sauce
Cons: could use better desserts, but I am usually too full for dessert
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!
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.
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
Pros: Inexpensive and Very relaxing
Cons: Parking is limited
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.
Pros: quantity for the price, friendly service, delicious food
Cons: parking, space limitation
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.
Pros: Price and Food
Cons: Small place and service
must try this place more--the baked ziti was pretty off the hook. their salad has excellent dressing!
Pros: the food--to some extent
it is small but it serves good Italian food. This place has been around for over 40 years -- a family run business. The service is great. Rick, the owner, is a frindly guy, definitely loves his food. Never trust a skinny chef.
great food for both the carnivore and vegetarian alike-the pasta with marinara sauce is fabulous-other favorites are the artichoke pellicci(sp?)and spinach pizza-enjoy the dish or sleep with the fish
Great Italian food with a decent staff, affordable, and reminds me of the eateries you find up north. The VEAL ribeye was the best veal I believe I have ever tasted, and the glass of malbec wasn't too bad either! Al Martino on the radio really topped it all though!
Pros: price, music, wine selection
Cons: noisy, parking
I read about Lorenzo's online so when I got to San Antonio it was the first place I went to eat. And boy the reviews were right. The food was excellent. I had the manicotti and it was delicious. The whole staff was so friendly. They made me feel right at home. And they even had the Penn State vs Ohio State game on which I was thought I was going to miss completely but got to catch a bit of it. (I'm a PSU Alumni). I would recommend Lorenzo's to anyone to visiting the San Antonio area.
Pros: great food, inexpensive
Cons: a little small
Check out the pizza, it's AWESOME! The Eggplant, the lasagne and the marinara sauce are also amazing. Did I mention the Pistachio Pie? WOW!!! and don;t forget to take the oppurtunity to try some of the wines. Samples are offeredand the featured wine is always worth checking out. the specials on the weekends are always posted on their website
Pros: FOOD!!!, value, desserts
I have been frequenting this restaurant for many years. The service is always great and the food, even better. The prices are fair and there is a great selection...great wine list too. Do not leave without trying the Pistachio Pie...TO DIE FOR!
Pros: Great food & service, Small and cozy, Pistachio Pie!
The food at this cozy little restaurant is the best around. You can go to other places and pay over $20 per plate and not get the quality. They have vegetarian dishes that are absolutely AMAZING! The Artichoke Pellicci is to die for and the Spinach Pizza is unbelievable. The young ladies that wait tables at night are so helpful and sweet, always anticipating every need. It's an awesome New York style place but with a nicer staff!
Pros: Price, FOOD QUALITY!!!, Service
My husband and I found this place on the web, using this site, and wanted something a little out of the ordinary. We happened to go on a Tuesday night, right before they were closing. They welcomed us as if we were the first customers of the day! We both had the Special on the board, Fuzzilli(?) with Grilled Chicken and Pesto Cream sauce, and it was the freshest and tastiest dish we have ever enjoyed! Starting with the salad and rolls and ending with a piece of pistachio cake! And the price was right, under fifty dollars, and that included a nice bottle of a Texas white wine!
Pros: The Chef, Location, Food
Cons: not good for groups, Hours
Best pizza I have ever had! You've got to try the Spinach Pizza! Just right,not too much spice and just the right amount spinach!
Pros: pizza, desserts, staff
Cons: parking, hard to find
Our office recently had our weekly lunch out at Lorenzos and it was totally awesome! Everyone in the group just raved about how good the food was! And the service by our young waitress was really unexpectedly fantastic, considering they were packed with other customers. We will definately be going back for more!
Pros: service, price, location
Cons: TOO SMALL
I was told by a friend about this little resturant so i figured i'd give it a try. To my surprise the food was outstanding not to mention the waitstaff. It's a good place to come and have a romantic dinner with that significant one. One things for sure iam definitely coming back to this fabulous restaurant, the only problem i could say about it, is having trouble deciding which dinner to chose.
My date and I had a wonderful time in this little place. We had reservations at another Italian restaurant down the road ,but they said it would still be an hour, so we left and saw this little sign that said Lorenzo's and gave it a try. What a surprise ! The food was absolutely marvelous and the staff was great! It is a small place and we could hear the pots and pans cooking, as well as the cooks talking, we could even hear and smell the garlic sizzling in the pan for our pasta with olive oil! We very much enjoyed the whole experience, and will definately go back!
Pros: food, decor, wine
Cons: a little noisy, parking lot
The food was average, nothing special. The problem was the screaming and yelling of the chef. It's a very small place for the chef to be screaming at the kitchen employees. I would not go back, it made myself and my date very uncomfortable.
Cons: Noise level, Crowded
I consider Rick and the wonderful staff at Lorenzos part of the family. My wife and I have been faithful customers since our 7 yr. old daughter was born! You can't compare the food and service to other place in town.
Small and cozy , this is definately one of my favorite places to eat . A good wine list and great pie add to the dining pleasure, including the best lasagna and chicken pasmesan I've ever had . Prices are reasonable and the service is pretty good. It gets a little crowded, but the food and service don't ever seem to suffer. The place reminds me of the little Italian places found all over up East. Family operated and cozy.
Pros: lasagna, pizza, wine
Cons: , sometimes noisy
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS RESTURANT IS OUTSTANDING. WAITSTAFF IS EXCELLENT IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS HOT AND FRESH, AS WELL AS HOMEMADE. THE RESTURANT ITSELF IS A LITTLE SMALL, BUT THAT JUST GIVES YOU ALL THE MORE ATTENTION. OUT OF A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN, I GIVE THIS PLACE A 12!!!
Pros: GENEROUS PORTIONS, EXCELLENT WAITSTAFF, COZY ENVIROMENT
Cons: ONLY ONE IN TOWN
I have eaten at Lorenzo's for years, and have yet to be disappointed with the food. Having tried almost everything on the menu, I would recommend Lorenzo's for anyone in search of good Italian food. Bread and salads come with all of the meals, and the portions are generous. I always leave home with left overs. The place itself is tiny, so not a good choice for large parties, but overall, the delicious food has kept me going time and time again.
Pros: large portions
Cons: small place
Not only is the lasagna excellent, almost everything on the menu is superb. Top off your meal with a piece of chocolate walnut pie, and your only regret will be having eaten too much great food.