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Joe Florio of Florio’s Pizza Dies

Joe Florio of Florio’s Pizza Dies

Whenever someone would walk into Florio’s at 7701 Broadway, chances were good Joe Florio would there at his table near the door, talking with a customer waiting to place an order. Or he might be out on a delivery run, bringing a hot New York-style pizza to a family in the neighborhood.

The first image quickly came to mind when the news spread that Joe Florio had died on Tuesday.

The restaurant is closed from now until this coming Tuesday, a voice mail said because of “a death in the family.”

Visitation for Joseph Anthony Florio III will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy. A funeral service at Sunset will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Click here for the full obituary.

Before the family opened the pizza joint on Broadway, the Florios had a pizza stand at the Alamodome. Throughout the years, they’ve been known to root for the home team. Not the Spurs, mind you; but the New Jersey Nets from their original hometown in Paramus, N.J. On several occasions that proved to be a playful rivalry with the locals. But in the end, good pizza always won out, no matter who was playing basketball.

Our condolences go out to the whole Florio family.

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Sunday Brunch at Francesca’s, Mediterranean at Tangeré and More Restaurant Happenings

Sunday Brunch at Francesca’s, Mediterranean at Tangeré and More Restaurant Happenings

Graduation night offer from Rainforest Café

High school principals in San Antonio, are you worried about your seniors partying too hardy on graduation night and then attempting to drive? You might want to consider an offer from Rainforest Café, 110 E. Crockett St.

The restaurant is offering you the chance to set up a lock-in with an all-night dance and no alcoholic drinks. General manager Rocco Valentino sees this as part of the restaurant’s mission to serve the community. “I personally visit local schools, day care centers, elementaries,” he says. “We’re here and we want to do what we can to help.”

If you are interested in Project Graduation Night, contact Valentino at 210-227-6300.

RiverTini Pour-Off at Brasserie Pavil

This year’s RiverTini Pour-Off is at Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W. It runs 5-7 p.m. March 31.

Other restaurants competing for the right to claim it makes the city’s best martini include Aldaco’s Stone Oak, Auden’s Kitchen, Boudro’s, the Cork Bar at the Hotel Contessa, Jason Dady’s restaurants, Lüke, Q at the Hyatt Regency, the Grand Hyatt, Quarry Hofbrau, the Vbar at the Hotel Valencia, and the Westin La Cantera Resort.

All proceeds benefit the San Antonio River Foundation. Click here for tickets, priced at $50 apiece.

Tangeré adds a Mediterranean touch

Tangeré is a Spanish word for touch. It’s also the name of a new restaurant at 4230 McCullough Ave. that chef Erick Abrams hopes will touch your taste buds.

Abrams, formerly of Métropolitain in the Quarry, has taken over the spot where Shiraz once was. For his new place, he has planned a Mediterranean menu of varied flavors that cover the map.

The onion soup with Gruyère will remind you of France, while the jamon Iberico Férmin will transport you back to Spain. Gnocchi and duck confit ravioli conjure images of Italy, and tagine of lamb and harissa summons memories of Morocco.

For dessert, sample a limoncello soufflé or an apple tarte tatin made to order.

Tangeré is open Monday-Friday for lunch and Monday-Saturday for dinner. Call 210-822-6644 for reservations. Click here for a menu.

Lobster salad with local Bluebonnet greens.

Francesca’s at Brunch

The Westin La Cantera Resort’s premiere restaurant, Francesca’s at Sunset, is now offering a classic Sunday brunch.

Brunch will be 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and will be served a la carte from a menu of appetizers and entrees through desserts.

Look for treats such as berries sabayon, lobster salad, chocolate almond French toast to customized eggs Benedict.  Guests can also explore the restaurant’s house-made Texas strawberry and apple honey jams, and desserts such as seasonal fruit crepes and Limencello berries.

Brunch beverages range from juices, iced and hot Tea Forte, and award-winning coffees.  As well, guests can match their mid- morning meal with a selection of cocktails such as freshly squeezed mimosa’s or Bloody Mary’s, mixed with a combination of fresh ingredients infused with vodka.

Seating is limited and reservations can be made by visiting or

Appetizers are between $6-12 and entrees vary from $12-22. The resort is at 16641 La Cantera Parkway.

The Chicken Pasta Roll at Z'Tejas.

Lobster tacos, aged beef tenderloin on spring menu at Z’Tejas

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, has introduced a new menu for the spring that features some lighter dishes and a few plates perfect for Lent.

The new items include chipotle-sautéed lobtser tacos with avocado, a smoked chicken pasta roll with either picante cream or green chile sauce, and a chicken and goat cheese salad with strawberries, grapefruit and a creamy cilantro vinaigrette.

Flame-grilled mahi-mahi is coated with a charred pineapple rub and topped with mango salsa while the aged beef tenderloin is served with lobster.

A new dessert is Mission Fig Beignets served warm with a raspberry sauce.

Call 210-690-3334.

CPA Special at Morton’s

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., is having a drawing to reward a certified public accountant this tax season.

April 18 has been designated CPA Appreciation Day. On that day, the winners of dinner for two will be announced.

To enter the contest,  call Morton’s at 210-228-0700 before April 17 to submit your name, phone number and e-mail address. The winner will be notified by phone and will have to bring proof of being a CPA.

Aldaco's Chicken Fajita Cobb Salad

Aldaco's Chicken Fajita Cobb.

Springtime salads at Aldaco’s in Sunset Station

Aldaco’s in Sunset Station, 100 E. Hoefgen St., has introduced a series of salads for spring.

The lineup now includes:

  • Aldaco’s Chicken Fajita Cobb with chopped bacon, shredded cheese, egg and rajas de poblano with a roasted jalapeño ranch dressing.
  • Tres Marias with romaine, rajas de poblano, sunflower sees and queso fresco in a lime-cilantro dressing.
  • Ensalada Nido de Avocado with chicken salad on avocado halves, jícama, and carrots in the lime-cilantro dressing.
  • Boone’s Salad features chicken, beef or grilled shrimp on lettuce, tomato and more with the lime-cilantro dressing.

Lenten specials include fish and chips Aldaco’s style, shrimp or fish tacos,  and   Pescado Aldaco, pan-seared mahi-mahi and two grilled shrimp with a mild chile de arbol garlic butter sauce.

Call 210-222-0561.

For a limited time

  • Marioli, 18730 Tuscany Stone, is offering fish tacos during Lent. Call 210-496-1111.
  • Smashburger, with various locations around the city, has introduced an Oreo Mint Milkshake to its lineup for a limited time.

Bonnie Walker contributed to this report.

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