Long-awaited Italian restaurant says ciao to San Antonio with summer opening

Long-awaited Italian restaurant says ciao to San Antonio this summer

North Italia
North Italia opens this summer at The Rim. North Italia/Instagram

When things go south, it’s usually a bad thing. But in the case of North Italia, going south means San Antonio is — finally! — home to a well-known Italian restaurant that’s been simmering on the back burner for more than a year. 

North Italia, the cozy neighborhood Italian joint founded in 2002 that now has 25 locations scattered across the country — including two in Austin, and in Dallas, Houston, and Plano — will open at The Rim June 9.

Praised for its made-from-scratch pastas, daily pizzas, crafted small plates, and delightful wine selection, North Italia was set to break ground at the San Antonio development in 2019 with an April 2020 completion date, but that got pushed back significantly thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new North Italia will feature many of the restaurant’s well-loved favorites for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour service. (Step outside your comfort zone and do like the Romans do: Try the squid ink pasta, a briny bite that plays perfectly with seafood.) North Italia will also offer takeout and delivery service via DoorDash and Olo.

Of course, what’s a restaurant without a knowledgeable staff? In preparation for its June opening, North Italia will host a series of job fairs in search of passionate employees to fill both front-of-house and back-of-house positions. The events will take place at North Italia at The Rim (5822 Worth Pkwy., Ste. 108) May 6-8, as well as May 10-15 and May 17-22 from 10 am-6 pm each day. An additional job fair event will take place Sunday, May 16 from 11 am-4 pm.

And just in case restaurant workers need any added incentive to re-enter the job market after the hospitality-industry-shattering pandemic, North Italia will offer a signing bonus for select positions at the new San Antonio restaurant.