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I met a group of friends I traveled to Spain with in 2007 for a mini reunion and breakfast at Il Sogno in The Pearl. My husband and I had been there once for dinner, and I was anxious to give breakfast a try. Texas Monthly named Il Sogno one of the top forty places for breakfast in the state in its December 2011 issue.

Chef Andrew Weissman was in the house, and it was a thrill to watch him work. (How many other San Antonio chefs have been singled out by the New York Times?) He and his staff concoct their mouth-watering creations beneath a sign that reads, “Excellence isn’t our goal, it’s where we begin.”

My companions and I all opted for frittatas or omelets, priced at $10 each, and French press coffee (serves two cups), priced at $7 each. I had the pesto and goat cheese omelet, which was served with two strips of bacon, wedge fries and a slice of homemade whole wheat toast. And yes, it was as good as it sounds! One friend ordered an omelet that was crowned with salmon, and I think I’ll have to try that on my next visit.

Our table had its own tray of butter, local honey, homemade jam and Nutella. What’s not to like about that?! I drink my coffee black, but several varieties of specialty sugar were there for the tasting. When we split the bill including the tip, we each paid $18.50. A little on the pricey side for breakfast but worth the splurge. Our server was very nice and helpful.

We got to Il Sogno at 8:30 a.m., and by the time we left around 10, the place was packed. Outside seating is available, but it was a little chilly the day we were there. Breakfast is only served until 10, so get there with time to spare. After breakfast on a Saturday, you may enjoy The Pearl’s Farmers Market and/or a stroll along the San Antonio River Walk down to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Il Sogno is open for breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Lunch is served Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner is served Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Dinner ends at 9 p.m. on Sundays. Il Sogno is closed on Mondays.

Reservations are recommended. Il Sogno‘s phone number is 210.223.3900, and it is located at 200 East Grayson. Buon appetito!