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  1. My family and I actually tried Ciao Lavanderia a few weeks ago, and we left with mixed reviews of the food. The prices were all very good as you mentioned. I remember I had the lobster risotto special which was pretty good, but the tuna tartare appetizer we all shared was fairly flavorless in my opinion. The rest of my family thought it was good, but not great. I might go back there and give them another chance eventually, but I don't know if I can say the same for my family.

    Thanks for the suggestion, though. Keep em coming! :wink:

  2. Sure, here's a quick run-down:

    Little Italy: I have been to this place many times, yet I always find myself going back for more. I absolutely love their pizza, and it is the best pizza I have tried in this city (although there are many many other places I need to try). The atmosphere is very casual. Some of the waiters have been around about as long as the restaurant itself (20+ years), and it really has a nice family-owned feel to it, which I enjoy. I have gotten something different each time I have been, and have usually been impressed. Here are some things I remember being particularly good, in no specific order: chicken parmesan, seafood soup (cioppino), spaghetti pomodoro, gnocchi, fritto misto appetizer, charcoal chicken with lemon butter mushroom sauce, cheese ravioli....the list goes on and on :smile: But as you can see, it is basically your "typical" Italian kind of place. Good old fashioned food at prices that won't break the bank.

    Aldo's: I have only had the pleasure of going to this restaurant once, a few months ago, but I will undoubtedly be back soon. My family and I decided to try it one night, so we walked in, and were promptly seated (in a private room, no less! Lucky us!!). The service was top-notch, as was the food. It is a bit pricier than your typical San Antonio Italian restaurant, but it was well worth it. Now onto the food: The meal starts off with some excellent crusty bread with some great olive oil and fresh cracked pepper. I think sometimes the simplest things like that can be the best way to begin a meal. After having plenty of bread, we ordered fried calamari appetizer with a spicy marinara. They were perfectly light and crispy and very flavorful. We had a second appetizer that I remember everyone liked, but for some reason, I can’t remember exactly what it was. For my main course I had a wonderful marinated grilled quail dish served over wild mushrooms, and polenta with a tomato saffron sauce. Nice flavor, especially with the polenta and mushrooms. Yum. Perfect combination. My mom and sister both got shrimp scampi served over pasta with a cream sauce. They were both quite satisfied. My dad got a pasta dish with shrimp and vegetables, which was also good. My brother got chicken piccata with mushrooms and artichoke hearts, a dish that was good, but not great. All the portions were quite substantial, and we were all completely stuffed after that food, so we didn’t even consider dessert. So I am not sure what kind of dessert they may have. But after a nice meal like that, dessert is an afterthought in my opinion. Overall, good food, good service, can’t wait to go back.

    Sorry for the long descriptions…..I tend to ramble when talking about food I like :cool:

  3. I am on a search to find the best Italian food in San Antonio. I am looking for any and all suggestions, from tiny hole-in-the-wall red sauce joints and pizzerias to the the fanciest three- or four-star restaurants. My current favorites in San Antonio are Little Italy and Aldo's. Can anybody help me out with some other great Italian food recommendations for San Antonio? Any and all help is appreciated. :cool:

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