Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

La Focaccia Italian Grill

800 S. Alamo St. (S. Presa St.) Send to Phone
210-223-5353 | Order Now! | Menu
La Focaccia looks the quintessential Italian-American red-sauce palace, but surprises with some renegade pizzas and simple seafood.

Lunch & Dinner daily

* Click here for rating key

La Focaccia Italian Grill Restaurant Review

: La Focaccia helped pioneer the restaurant resurgence in Southtown, all the while remaining steadfast in its selection of standard Italian American fare mixed with some offbeat offerings. And if the place has been eclipsed by other restaurant arrivals to the 'hood, we nevertheless remain fond of the mussels marinara (spicy version) and have even been known to take them home and toss them over pasta of our own devising. An order of salmon carpaccio also serves as an admirable appetizer. Luigi's caprese salad is the classic --- just fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and olives, with maybe a few leaves of romaine. Lemon and-or wine butter sauces --- with or without capers, mushrooms and artichoke hearts --- make multiple appearances on the menu, the seafood-stuffed flounder being a case in point. Pastas hew to the tried-and-true, but wood-oven pizzas can be had with artichoke hearts and pine nuts. Classic continental is more the mode with tenderloin medallions in red wine and mushrooms.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.