Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $16, you get $35 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Barbaresco Restaurant and Bar on San Pedro Avenue.
Backdropped by a dramatic mural depicting a windblown violinist before a menacing tree, Barbaresco Restaurant and Bar juxtaposes enormous works of bold art with natural woods and the simple elegance of its Tuscan-themed menu. Served in a cast-iron pot of tomato sauce, the beef-and-veal Campagnia-style meatballs ($9.50) enclose such delicious secrets as molten Buffalo-mozzarella centers and forgotten childhood dreams. Penne rigate comes tossed with gorgonzola-cheese sauce and piquant walnuts ($13.95), while scampi piccanti ($23.95) delivers spicy, sauteed shrimp with shallots and garlic in beer sauce. A 20-ounce bone-in rib eye ($31.95) dresses up steak cravings with sangiovese-wine sauce, poblano scalloped potatoes, and crispy leeks. For after-dinner sweets, savor the tiramisu ($8.50), a cocktail-like concoction of ladyfinger cake, chocolate- and espresso-flavored mascarpone, liquid caramel, and sunshine—all soaked with Marsala and Kahlua and served in a martini glass.
Plenty of wines are available from Barbaresco for launching stomach celebrations or intoxicating the mouth-people. Floors made of tree parts and ceiling supports and creatively chunked together by mismatched patches of wood make Barbaresco a charming locale for giving in to your body’s constant insistence that it be nourished.
- It is a treasure in the Lone Star state. Food was fantastic, service was tops. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/26/10
- The appetizers we had were amazing, with the Portobello Mushrooms w/ Gorgonzola Hearts of Palm Cream sauce being absolutely delicious...my favorite so far. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 3/20/10
- Food was exceptional; our waiter knew the food and provided great advice and service; one of the best restaurants in terms of food and service in SA – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 3/12/10
Barbaresco Restaurant and Bar
The interior-design-minded owners of Barbaresco Restaurant and Bar adorn their eatery with prominent southwestern wooden planks and immense pieces of modern art by international artist Waldo Saavedra to create a space that's both sophisticated and relaxed. The chefs highlight the menu with quality meats and fish, including a juicy 16-ounce rib eye con parcini and a gulf snapper dressed in a lemon-garlic hollandaise. Jennifer McInnis of the San Antonio Express-News suggests that when dining at Barbaresco with friends to "start with the portobello mushroom appetizer covered with cream Gorgonzola and hearts of palm sauce," stating that it's more than enough to satisfy a table of three. The staff also welcomes guests to stop by after work during happy hour, a local tradition where patrons draw smiley faces for 60 minutes.