San Antonio, prepare to be starstruck. Following the news that Paula Deen is looking to the Alamo City, TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro will open a location of his Buddy V’s Ristorante on Monday, January 29, in The Shops at La Cantera.
The San Antonio restaurant will be the third outpost of the Italian-American chain from Valastro, veteran restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, and chef Kim Canteenwalla. Other locations are in Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The menu will pay tribute to the recipes the star's family would cook for get-togethers. Highlights include My Dad’s Bucatini Carbonara loaded with pancetta, cracked black pepper, and egg; a bone-in veal Parmesan chop baked with provolone and mozzarella and served with a side of spaghetti marinara; and Valastro Sunday Gravy, a dish featuring a hearty pile of meatballs, sausage, lamb, and pork with a bowl of rigatoni.
Of course, the eatery would not be complete without the sweets Valastro is known for. Diners can indulge in such treats as an Italian birthday cake drowned in rosolio (a liqueur made from rose petals) and layered with cannoli filling, chocolate pastry cream, and toasted almond; a warm Nutella cake with chocolate sauce, hazelnut praline crunch, and salted caramel ice cream; and Buddy’s Lobster Tail, custard cream in a pastry shell topped with seasonal fresh fruit.
For the bar program, Valastro is tipping his hat to Texas by featuring San Antonio brewery Alamo Beer Co.; Texas distillers Witherspoon, 512 Tequila, Garrison Brothers, Dripping Springs, and Deep Eddy; and Lone Star winemakers McPherson, Fall Creek, and Duchman.
Signature cocktails include the dessert-y Cake Boss, with Three Olives’ cake flavor, chocolate liqueur, and Bailey’s Irish Cream, and the tart Margarita Veneziana, a cross-cultural mix of Patron reposado tequila with Italian amaretto and Italian Amarena cherries.
The decor is a nod to Valastro’s grandmother and features homey accents and family photos framed on the walls. Small touches, like a screen made from vintage rolling pins and light fixtures made from whisks, are inspired by Valastro himself.
Buddy V’s will be open seven days a week: 11 am-10 pm, Sunday through Thursday; 11 am-11 pm, Friday and Saturday.