Arrosta, one of two sister Italian restaurants that opened at Pearl earlier this year, is undergoing a reimagining and introducing a new menu and sit-down dinner service featuring “comfort Italian” entrees.
Allora and Arrosta offer dramatically different dining experiences. Those looking for an upscale Italian experience will find it at Allora. Arrosta is the more casual of the restaurants, was not performing at the level the leadership wanted to see, so they changed directions. Peter Selig, the president of Maverick Restaurant Group and the organization behind the two eateries, explained to the San Antonio Business Journal how Arrosta needed an adjustment.
“The actual product that we ended up with was not at the level of what I wanted to see,” Selig said. “I think what we discovered was that the menu, which basically I had written, was not able to be executed on a level that I felt represented the type of street Italian street food that I wanted to see. So we really had a total change in our chefs.”
The new Arrosta menu is considered “comfort Italian,” aiming to provide an experience for the entire family. The new dinner service will be available in mid-September, Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Arrosta is also pet friendly. 
“It’s really intended to be a restaurant that people would come to on a weekly basis. So it’s an affordable, casual, rustic, rusticated format of Italian food. It’s pastas and rotisserie meats. And I don’t know that there’s really anyone out there that’s offering rotisserie meats and pasta together in this format.”
Allora’s Chef Robbie Nowlin and the culinary team have “swooped in” to help bring the new version of Arrosta to life. Customers can watch the culinary staff prepare food in the open kitchen that is meant to blend Italian cuisine with Texas-sized portions. 
Selig also mentioned the Maverick Restaurant Group is looking toward the downtown area for its next project. The group is scouting locations and hasn’t locked into a specific spot, but food enthusiasts can expect another restaurant or similar concept in the future.
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