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Father’s Day Brunch hours at Ciel Plaza

Posted in Ciel, Ciel Plaza, events, food and wine with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by Do Bianchi

(210) 481-7001‎
Ciao 2
(210) 481-7031‎
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎


Above: crème brûlée at Ciel.

Bring dad to brunch at Ciel or dinner at Ciao2!

Brunch served from 10-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m.


Support the victims of Italy’s 2009 earthquake by drinking Abruzzo wine

Posted in Ciao 2, featured wine, food and wine with tags , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Do Bianchi


According to the New York Times, the April 2009 earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy left nearly 28,000 persons homeless.

At Ciao 2, we are proud to pour Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by the Abruzzo winemaker Capestrano: it’s got bright fruit and smooth tannin, our favorite pizza wine and a great pairing for our Tomato and Mozzarella sandwich on grilled panini bread (above).

Abruzzo has been hard hit by homelessness in the earthquake’s aftermath and the many restaurants and wine bars and wine shops that have been damaged in the tragedy. Every time you open a bottle of wine from Abruzzo, you help to support the region, its winemakers, and its people.

Don’t forget Abruzzo!

SA Express-News: “Ciao2 is memorable for all the right reasons.”

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel Plaza, food and wine, Press, reviews with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Do Bianchi


Ciao 2
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7031‎

By Edmund Tijerina — Express-News

With all the fuss over a sculpture of a fork that sits in front of Damien Watel’s two Stone Oak area restaurants, it’s easy to forget about the businesses.

That’s too bad, because the experience and quality of the cuisine at Ciao2 is memorable for all the right reasons.

For those new to Watel’s places, the numeral in Ciao2 is due, the Italian word for two, denoting that it’s the second incarnation of his successful Ciao Lavanderia in Olmos Park.

Its clever, modern interior with bright-colored walls, brushed metal tables and a spacious patio promises a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, and the cuisine largely delivers.

Dishes such as a goat cheese portobello polenta, with two squares of polenta resting on mushroom demi-glace and topped with a dollop of herbed goat cheese and sautéed portobello slices, make that point abundantly clear. So did the mushroom and quail risotto and Pizza Napolitan that featured anchovies, capers and olives.

Click here to read more…

Featured dish: bruschetta at Ciao 2

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel Plaza, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Featured dish: bruschetta


Ciao 2
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7031‎

Classic Italian bruschetta at Ciao 2. Fresh summer tomatoes, diced and macerated in extra-virgin olive oil, served over gently grilled bread with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. It doesn’t get better than this!

Suggested wine pairing: Primitivo (Zinfandel) by Cantele (Puglia, Italy).

Please don’t forget to sign the Save the Fork Petition. Click here to learn more.

The Best Rosé in the World and Coq au Vin at Ciel

Posted in Ciel, Ciel Plaza, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Need we say more? Run don’t walk…

20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7001‎

coq au vin

Above: Chef Clint Connaway’s classic Coq au Vin, braised for 24 hours.


Above: Bandol Rosé by Tempier, considered by many “the best rosé in the world” and very hard to find.

San Antonio food and wine writer John Griffin launches new foodie site

Posted in food and wine, media with tags , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

San Antonio writer John Griffin has just launched a new foodie site:

Savor San Antonio

Check it out!

Featured dish: artisanal Italian sausage on grilled panini bread at Ciao 2

Posted in Ciao 2, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Do Bianchi


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Ciao 2 (Due)
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7031

Classic Italian artisanal sausage sandwich with ricotta cheese spread, roasted tomatoes, sautéed Italian peppers, and fresh greens on grilled panini bread.

Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Tues.-Sun. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.