Over by Il Sogno is the new CIA extension in Texas. At the Pearl complex, they have a bakery that sells all sorts of fun desserts, all at super reasonable prices ($6 for a box of macarons? Yes please.) Below is a sample of some of the fun desserts we have tried the last couple of weeks. All have been top notch.
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Last week we received a recommendation from a local to try Il Sogno Osteria, which they considered to be one of the best restaurants in San Antonio. Located in the Pearl Brewery Complex, we scoped it out when we were here with Trav and Em but it had been fully booked that night.
Instead, we came out on Saturday to check out the Farmers Market that takes place at the Pearl and have lunch at Il Sogno. We were seated inside, though the massive windows and doors on both walls let an abundance of light flow through the dining room.
We started our meal by choosing some antipasta items from their extensive selection. Everything was so bright and colorful and fresh, it was difficult to decide. We chose a small wedge of spicy italian sausage frittata, a fresh and spicy seafood ceviche, prosciutto with figs, an incredibly creamy and smooth fresh mozzarella and roasted red pepper combination, and were adventurous and tried the potato and octopus salad. Everything was incredibly delicious, though we both agreed the mozzarella and pepper combination was our favorite.
Our entrees were fantastic as well. I wanted to try one of their housemade pastas, so I went with the Tagliatelle with meatballs. Very, very good.
But Justin’s entree, the braised beef short ribs with roasted brussel sprouts and potato sticks, “won.” The meat was incredibly tender, moist, and flavorful. And those potato sticks were downright addicting. Delicious.
And we were full. We both agreed, there had to be something AMAZING on the dessert menu to persuade us to stay longer.
And surprise, surprise, there was just that on the dessert menu. A warm Nutella Tart served with Vanilla Bean Gelato? Yes. And it was absolutely incredible, with a tender, buttery tart crust filled with decadent, melty Nutella, and the added cold creaminess of the vanilla ice cream. Definitely placed among the very best restaurant desserts we’ve enjoyed. We are already planning on going back one more time before we head home to share one of their pizzas.
La Gloria’s menu is quite extensive, as they work to recreate authentic street foods you would find in Mexico. We each decided on our meals, but all agreed we wanted to try the Queso Fundido, a baked blend of cheeses, served with salsas and tortillas.
And it was crazy delicious. The tortillas were soft and warm, and the ooey gooey cheese and fresh salsas were so so so so yummy.
And we all thoroughly enjoyed our other selections as well, fish tacos, lamb tacos, a sandwich filled with tender shredded pork and covered in a flavorful tomato sauce, and a corn and bean “panucho” topped with shredded pork and pickled onions.
But the portions were a very good size, not monstrous at all, as these were supposed to be food items you might get from a street card and be easy to handle. Which was great, which left room for us to try two of their phenomenal desserts, Coconut Flan, and a slice of the Tres Leches Cake. Again, so so so good! We would all recommend a meal at La Gloria!