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Fearless Critic restaurant review
San Antonio
Food
Feel
Price
7.3
8.5
$75
Italian
Casual restaurant

Features Date-friendly, good wines, outdoor dining, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

www.tretrattoria.com

Downtown
401 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX
(210) 223-0401
Hours
Daily 10:00am–10:00pm

Uptown Central
4003 Broadway
San Antonio, TX
(210) 805-0333
Hours
Mon–Sat 11:00am–10:00pm
Tre Trattoria
Once touted, now doubted, Tre teeters

We have long considered Tre to be one of our favorite restaurants, capable of nearly flawless meals in a light and airy facility (try the deck in benign weather) on the edge of Brackenridge Park. The Italian menu was inventive, the wine list well-chosen, the serving staff competent, they make their own mozzarella....In short, Tre was nines and near-tens. Then we began hearing rumbles. “We’ve been there three times in as many months and will never go again.” “The tagliatelle with wild mushrooms had no flavor….” This gets one’s attention.

And it’s true that culinary wunderkind Jason Dady has had a lot on his plate recently—the transformation of his downtown restaurant from American to an iteration of Tre, the opening of a food truck (since retired)...in short, a lot of balls in the air. Had one been dropped?

On a recent visit, we began with roasted golden beets from the verdure section, and they seemed less earthy than before but still good, even mixed with color-coordinated orange sections. The cannellini beans with gremolata, however, needed more parsley, lemon zest, a hit of black pepper—and even more cooking. The bread was sad. Then the pumpkin risotto with dried cranberries in brown butter arrived. Madonna! Zero taste, over-browned butter, almost unpleasant…That left lasagne with wild boar: taste it had, but taste more like a barbecue sandwich, hearty sauce option.

In its defense: “Our last meal there was great,” countered another panelist. Note that brunch is served only at the downtown location.

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