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Happy hour at Ciel Plaza 5-7, 25% off apps and drinks

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by Do Bianchi


Above: at Ciao 2 in Ciel Plaza all of the pizzas are wood-fired (no coal here!).

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

The weekend is almost here and you know what that means: HAPPY HOUR! From 5-7, enjoy appetizers and drinks at Ciao 2 and Ciel for 25% off. See you there!


Red carpet from the Essay/Ciel Plaza Mixer

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, media with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Ciel Plaza is a great venue for all kinds of events — from corporate parties to wedding receptions, from intimate dinner gatherings to networking and singles events like last Tuesday’s Essay Magazine Mixer. Here are some highlights from the party. Stay tuned for more info on events like this one at Ciel Plaza.

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





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.

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.

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See and be seen: Essay Magazine Party/Mixer, Tuesday, June 16, Ciel Plaza

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, events with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Do Bianchi


Don’t miss this summer’s hottest mixer and networking event, Essay Magazine’s June Mixer at Ciel Plaza….

Damien Watel, Plaza Ciel, and Essay Magazine present:

Essay Magazine Mixer

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Plaza Ciel
20626 Stone Oak Parkway
San Antonio, TX

To RSVP please call: (210) 481-7001
or email

Wedding season is upon us: wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, events, weddings with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Tracy FrenchSan Antonio socialite wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2:

We had a great site visit and lunch today at Ciel/Ciao 2. Ciel offers classic French dining and Ciao 2 offers contemporary Italian cuisine. They have a banquet room well as a beautiful patio that would be great for a rehearsal dinner or an initiate wedding reception.

Both restaurants are right next to each other and you can order from either menu at both locations.

Thank you Tracy!

Tanji Patton speaks out on Duran Fork censorship

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Do Bianchi

tanji_pattonSan Antonio authority on everything food and wine, Tanji Patton, spoke her mind to the San Antonio News-Express on recent censorship of the Duran Fork sculpture at Ciel Plaza… Thank you Tanji!

Could the ongoing saga of the fork, the ugly wall and the angry homeowners association get any more bizarre!
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Apparently….YES. Well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran tells me he’s filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union alleging his right to freedom of expression and the rights of the homeowners are being trampled by the Stone Oak Homeowners Association. This gets really interesting – colorful civil rights attorney Gerry Goldstein has been contacted by the restaurant owner/chef to enter the fracas.

You’ve heard the story–culinary artist/chef Damien Watel commissions well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran to create a sculpture in front of his new restaurants Ciel and Ciao 2 on Stone Oak Parkway. The Stone Oak Home Owners Association cries foul, and now a 14 foot tall eyesore-of-a-wall covers the artist’s creation.

Wow…what a mess! I don’t live in Stone Oak, so I can’t say how I’d feel as a neighbor, but let’s look at the big picture. Damiel Watel is an incredibly well respected chef and restaurant operator who most landlords and neighborhoods would welcome with open arms.

A successful business creates energy and often opens the door for more successful businesses where it locates. Then, there’s the revenue generated with property taxes, sales taxes…etc. A good business is good for business!

To please the HOA, Watel doled out about $8,000 to erect the wall to cover the sculpture. Yet, nobody appears to be happy here.

My sympathies, so far, lie with Damien…unless someone can convince me otherwise. In fact, I think I’ll have dinner there this weekend.