Alamo Heights pizzeria Volare moving to Olmos Pharmacy building
The iconic Olmos Pharmacy building at the corner of Hildebrand and McCullough Avenue, which has been unoccupied for more than a year, is getting new life as an Italian restaurant.
Antonio Sorgente and his wife, Pilar De La Vega, the owners of Volare on Broadway, are expanding operations inside the nearly 80-year-old space in Olmos Park that was famous for old-fashioned milkshakes and sodas.
“Our original spot has a very loyal following, but it’s very tiny and acts more as a pizzeria,” De La Vega said. “We are very excited to take over this historic place and return it to life.”
Sorgente, a native of Naples, Italy, plans to expand the menu at the second Volare location, adding a lineup of seafood dishes, carbonara plates and other items.
There also are plans to offer an extensive lineup of beer and wine. The Broadway location is currently BYOB but does offer a complimentary glass of wine with meals.
The interior of the Olmos building has been mostly stripped down to an empty shell, but De La Vega said they hope to be up and running by mid-February.
Volare, 5054 Broadway, 210-828-3354. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Facebook: volarepizzasa
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