Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn't deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Italian dinner fare at River's Edge in Kerrville. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday.
River's Edge serves up nuanced northern Italian cuisine amid river-overlooking panoramic views of the Guadalupe River. Using fresh ingredients, the professionally trained chefs at River's Edge engineer an elegant and traditional Tuscan menu with starters such as flash-fried calamari fritti ($9) and gnocchi alla romano, doughy pasta-pumpkins nestled in a patch of rustic marinara and strewn with basil pesto ($9). Stomachs can sashay through tantalizing Tuscan-style entrees such as the pan-seared, brown-sugar-coated salmone scottato with sautéed veggies ($24), or the inventive striscia bistecca, a kingly 14 ounces of new york strip steak denouncing the Magna Carta before a court of Boursin mashed potatoes and prosciutto-ensconced asparagus ($29).
Perched overlooking the placid Guadalupe River, River's Edge's three windowed walls make pasta patrons feel they're floating over the water. Fridays and Saturdays baste eardrums with live music, synchronizing harp or acoustic guitar to the sunset's changing colors over the terrace.