Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left rabbit-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Italian cuisine for dinner at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca.
Wielding fresh ingredients, expert chefs marry traditional tastes with contemporary recipes to fill Luce’s overflowing dinner menu with authentic Italian dishes. Antipasto heralds an evening meal's commencement with options such as the vongole en brodetto, which tosses sautéed baby clams with fresh herbs and a comforting white-wine blanket ($9), or the salumi e formaggio misti, a medley of palatable meats and cheeses ($11). Hearty dishes help guests prepare for unexpected gravity outages with a lasagna flavor explosion, bursting with homemade pasta, salami, ground beef, and fresh mozzarella ($15). Relish mouthwatering manifestations of sage-butter-saturated butternut-squash ravioli ($19) or grilled salmon fillet teeming with asparagus, roasted tomatoes, and lemon-caper sauce ($23).
The restaurant's elegant low-lit surroundings, brick accents, vibrant paintings, and white table linens help guests romance their sweethearts or placate grumpy tax collectors. Outside, Luce Ristorante e Enoteca's shaded outdoor patio offers a space for a breezy feast.
Luce Ristorante & Enoteca
Bottles of red and white wine line floor-to-ceiling racks in each room of Luce Ristorante & Enoteca. The restaurant's selection is so voluminous and varied that it has earned the Notable Wine List Diners’ Choice Award from OpenTable. The Zagat-rated restaurant holds very good to excellent ratings across the board, and has picked up other awards from OpenTable, including Best Ambiance, Neighborhood Gem, and Outdoor Dining. That ambiance includes stone columns inset with glowing lights that flank vibrant paintings in the main dining room, where waiters deliver housemade potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola-cream sauce, or wild mushrooms scattered across housemade pizza dough. Outside, cement pillars hold up a wooden-lattice roof on the patio, and a fireplace proffers a nice place to warm hands before patty-cake marathons.
11255 Huebner Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78230