The venerable Olmos Pharmacy is getting a makeover as a second site for Volare, a well-known Alamo Heights Italian eatery.
The owners of Volare, who base their menu on culinary staples found in Naples, Italy, said the time had come to expand beyond the original restaurant at 5054 Broadway, which opened in 1972.
The new Volare is expected to debut in mid-February at 3902 McCullough Ave.\
“Especially on the weekends, this place is too small for us,” general manager Eder Márquez said of the Alamo Heights spot. “We’re going to keep this (location), but we need another.”
The name Volare means “to fly” in Italian, and comes from the song “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu,” popularized in America by crooner Dean Martin.
The building that housed the Olmos Pharmacy, which had a soda counter famous for its hamburgers, milkshakes and floats, dates to the 1930s and was originally Gilmore Pharmacy.
In 2007, it became a neighborhood watering hole known for food, libations and live music. Owner Rod Campbell closed the spot in 2017.
“We love that place. I mean, Olmos Pharmacy is a historical building,” Márquez said.
Antonio Sorgente and his wife, Pilar De La Vega, own Volare and are hoping to add more seafood dishes and Italian specialties.
The current menu offers pizza, pasta, salad, calzones, subs, lasagna, rigatoni alla vodka and chicken marsala.
Sorgente, a Neapolitan, purchased Volare 15 years ago when it was a pizzeria with only takeout and delivery. He added pasta dishes, salads and more, with sit-down dining.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
3902 McCullough Ave. For more, visit volarepizzasa.com.