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Executive Chef Alejandro Santoyo spent 18 years working at Paesanos, after attending St Philip’s College, Chef Alex was ready to pursue his passion. With inspiration from his wife, Mrs. Norah Santoyo, he opened Pesto Ristorante. 


Chef Alejandro has always had a love for Italian cuisine. After traveling to Italy and exploring a variety of spices, herbs and nuts, Chef Alejandro has curated a style all his own.  Perfectly weaving the love languages and their respective cuisines, resulting in the unique dishes and flavors you will find here at pesto. The carefully-crafted menu accentuates the uniquely exquisite flavors that have come to define Pesto Ristorante. He also explores his own culture including flavor from ingredients such as  basil, chipotle, poblano.


His signature dish Shrimp Alejandra is a culinary masterpiece! Fresh hot bread is made from scratch daily. The desserts are also homemade and incredibly satisfying after a great meal. Chef Santoyo's goal is to project simplicity yet uniqueness to his food while giving you a family friendly neighborhood dining experience. This one-of-a-kind and intimate experience will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.


His story, is a Love Story, Italian style. Bon Apettite! Con tutto il loro amore!

Pesto Ristorante Owners | Best Italian Cuisine | San Antonio

Alex & Norah Santoyo

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