The Folklore of Arrosta: San Antonio’s Favorite Italian Cafe

The story of the sisters begins on the winding streets of Italy’s scenic Amalfi Coast, just a short journey from Naples and Rome. Here, Allora and Arrosta channeled the spirit of their family’s recipes and made a plan to take their favorite Italian flavors to Texas. But, where was the best city to start? Austin…no…Houston…eh…ah, San Antonio, allora!

Arrosta set out to ignite a flame, pouring her fiery attitude into Italian seasoned rotisserie meats and adding a dash of bohemian charm to sweet baked goods and savory breads. Espresso or wine or beer? Why not serve all three at the counter of her all-day bar, where the bustle stops and lingering relaxation begins over Italian comfort foods. Gazing out at her happy guests gathering in her cafe and loggia reminds her of the lively tavola caldas in Rome.

Today, the sisters prepare dishes unlike any other Italian restaurant in San Antonio. You will find their spirit of adventure in their inventive Italian-inspired cuisine and a touch of home in their friendly service.

Experience a uniquely Texan take on satisfying Italian flavors.

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The Team Behind Arrosta

Peter Selig

President

Peter Selig, the president of Maverick Restaurant Group, has more than 20 years of experience producing some of San Antonio’s favorite dining establishments, including Maverick Texas Brasserie, Ácenar, and Biga. With the Allora and Arrosta concepts, he intends to redefine the expectation of Italian food in San Antonio, drawing on the diversity of the traditional Italian culinary arts and the modern creativity of New York.

Chris Carlson, chef and partner at Arrosta Pearl.

Chris Carlson

Chef/Partner

Chef Christopher Carlson began his culinary career in one of the top-rated French restaurants in Chicago. From there, he made his way to San Antonio to leave his mark on a growing culinary scene. Chef Carlson worked as the Executive Chef at locally acclaimed restaurants before crafting the wood-fired recipes at Maverick Texas Brasserie. He directs the cafe’s offerings at Arrosta, blending his love of Italian cuisine and classic, gas-flame rotisserie.

Alyssa Bobalik, chef at Arrosta Pearl

Alyssa Bobalik

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Alyssa Bobalik marries her love of classic Italian flavors and Texan flair to deliver a new take on Italian street food alongside Chef Christopher Carlson.

Francisco Chagolla

Director of Beverages

Francisco Chagolla curates the beverage programs at Allora and Arrosta, delivering Southern Italian reverie through craft cocktails, Italian spritzers, and a European selection of wines and beers.

Josh thomas

wine consultant

Joshua Thomas, named “Best New Sommelier” in 2013 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, brings his expert knowledge of Italian wines to Allora and Arrosta.

Alyssa Bobalik, chef at Arrosta Pearl

Chef de Cuisine - Alyssa Bobalik

Chef Alyssa Bobalik marries her love of classic Italian flavors and Texan flair to deliver a new take on Italian street food alongside Chef Christopher Carlson.