Bon Appétit with Scuzzi’s
By Edmond Ortiz
Scuzzi’s Italian Restaurant is popular with many people these days. Having opened at Loop 1604 and Northwest Military Highway in 2008, the elegant eatery attracts professionals eager for a convenient, satisfying lunch or happy hour, and families seeking a hearty, traditional Italian dinner.
Scuzzi’s has grown so much that a second restaurant opened along Interstate 10 West in Leon Springs late in 2017. “It’s been going well; I’m very thankful,” owner Mazi Enti says, adding that positive word-of-mouth helps to keep things busy at Scuzzi’s.
It’s easy to see why Scuzzi’s has become one of San Antonio’s most popular locally owned and operated Italian restaurants. The eatery offers a daily lunch menu with $9 specials.
Happy hour is available all day Sunday and Monday, and 2-7 p.m. the rest of the week, as well as a reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. to close. Daily drink specials include half-price wine bottles on Tuesday, $5 signature craft cocktails on Wednesday, $5 martinis on Thursdays, and $4 mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on Saturday and Sunday.
Spurs game days involve happy hour pricing at the bar throughout the NBA regular season as well as the postseason. Additionally, there’s $5 appetizers, cocktails, martinis, wine and more every first Friday.
Scuzzi’s receives fresh seafood daily from Groomer’s Seafood and fresh produce from local sources.
Enti had been in the restaurant industry for five years before he decided to open the doors to Scuzzi’s. He enjoys creating an engaging experience for patrons so they can remember it in a positive way and want to return with their friends. Enti and his colleagues converse with new and regular customers. He also responds to patrons who offer reviews on Yelp.
“This is a family restaurant and that separates us from everything else,” Enti says. “I have my touch on everything. I also interact with our customers, talk with them, and get to know them.” Enti and the wait staff typically ask diners about their culinary preferences and point out many gluten-free options on the menu.
Scuzzi’s popular participation in the Taste of the Dominion event, and growing demand for more restaurants and other businesses in the area, both prompted Enti to open a Leon Springs location. But thanks to the two Northwest Side locations, Scuzzi’s is also a hit with medical professionals working and living in the area.
Scuzzi’s three party rooms – one at Shavano Park and the other two in Leon Springs-have proven inviting to business professionals. “Party rooms are equipped with projectors and screens, so we see a lot of presentations from doctors,” Enti says. “We do breakfast, lunch, and catering for them. Since we’re close to them, it makes it easy for us to carry the food to them.”
Visit Scuzzi’s Italian Restaurant at 4035 N.W. Loop 1604, Suite 102 (210-483-8884) or 24165 I-10 West, Unit 433 (210-549-1266)