Patio Dolcetto wine bar showcases local artists in relaxed San Marcos atmosphere

Patio Dolcetto serves a gourmet cheese board with three cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, olives, sour cherry jam and crackers. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Patio Dolcetto serves a gourmet cheese board with three cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, olives, sour cherry jam and crackers. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

Patio Dolcetto serves a gourmet cheese board with three cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, olives, sour cherry jam and crackers. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The interior of Patio Dolcetto is decorated with local art and bar tops made from a fallen pecan tree.
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Patio Dolcetto's exterior offers seating for larger parties. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Patio Dolcetto's baked brie is served with water crackers and topped with a choice of pepper bacon jam, pecans and Texas honey, or garlic, thyme and truffle oil. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The pear and bacon pizza on naan bread is a rotating special at Patio Dolcetto.
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The Haymaker is a sauvignon blanc wine that can be paired with spinach and artichoke dip, owner Jean Paul said. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Lorini Chianti is a red wine Paul said can be paired with a special pizza.
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The Karl Josef is a riesling wine that can be paired with baked brie, Paul said.
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The Baron de Ley is a rose wine that can be paired with a cheese board, according to Paul.
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The Lone Pint Yellow Rose is an Indian pale ale that Paul said is rich in fruit flavor. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
The vision Jean Paul had for his restaurant, Patio Dolcetto, was a place with an atmosphere where the community could enjoy a bite and a drink away from the college bar scene.

“We wanted to be a place where people want to come to have conversations and not have distractions,” Paul said. “I outgrew the college bar scene here, and I felt there was a need for a more adult establishment—something I would go to now that I’m over 30 years old.”
The year-long project of building the restaurant came together in October of 2015.

The wine lounge incorporates local art as part of its decor, giving an opportunity for artists to showcase their work. It also hosts events to celebrate local talent by inviting artists to set up their work and sell it. In the past, Paul said they have had a local jewelry fair and a drink-and-draw event.

Other than offering a space for local talent to display art, Patio Dolcetto serves about 90 wines; 15 ciders; and flights of cider and beer in addition to food, such as naan-bread pizza; cheese boards; spinach and artichoke dip; baked brie; charcuterie boards and macarons.

The establishment was originally a house built in the early 1900s; it was then renovated to become Patio Dolcetto, according to Paul, who said the wine lounge also celebrates local resources through their bar tops, as these were made with a pecan tree that grew close the San Marcos River.

Paul, who is from Arlington, came to San Marcos as a student attending Texas State University. He said he “loves everything local.”

Patio Dolcetto also has live music with local artists playing on the weekend, depending on the weather, Paul said.

“[I] felt like the community needed something like this,” Paul said. “We’re a destination.”
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