Trattoria Lisina

In: Drinking|Eating

14 Mar 2013

trattoria lisina

(map) Dining here makes you feel like you’re in one of those movies set in Italy, where the meals go on for hours in a big Tuscan villa, with much laughter and raising of wineglasses. The feeling begins outside, when you stroll past the flowers and the fountain while Italian songs fill the air. Inside, skilled servers make suggestions and recite the day’s specials, like the pan-seared Texas redfish, below. Flown in the day before, it was firm and super-fresh. It’s served on a bed of braised leeks over roasted fingerling potatoes, with a roasted-tomato beurre blanc sauce. With a glass of prosecco, fantastico!

pan-seared Texas redfish

antipasto misto trattoria lisina

Antipasto misto varies, but always includes cured meats and marinated vegetables. Above, that’s sliced prosciutto and duck breast, mortadella and salume, artichoke hearts, caramelized onions and fresh mozzarella. Herbs grown on the property flavor the Italian olive oil used for dipping the fresh-baked focaccia bread.

insalata di asparagi

This Insalata di Asparagi featured fresh asparagus grilled over oak, local goat cheese, and two pestos. One is made from basil grown on the property, the other is a roasted red pepper.

dining room at Trattoria Lisina

Inside, there are two big dining rooms dominated by a huge fireplace. One room overlooks the grounds, the other, the busy open kitchen.

open kitchen at Trattoria Lisina

grounds at Trattoria Lisina

Everywhere there are flowers and beautiful views. Oregano and other Italian herbs grow throughout the garden. This place is owned by restaurateur Damian Mandola, so it figures that everything would be authentic. There’s even a bocce court!

Trattoria Lisina fountain

There’s a great view of the Duchman Family Winery next door.

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4 Responses to Trattoria Lisina



June 17th, 2011 at 11:01 am

this place is absolutely fantastic



March 31st, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Wonderful place, exquisite food and great service, Every time I come here is a new experience with the food and the landscaping.



March 14th, 2013 at 8:38 am

Everyone looks like they’re casually dressed. True?

Ed. Reply: It IS Austin, so yes! Definitely casual during the day; we haven’t been at night.



March 15th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Looks awesome. I had family dine there for lunch about a month ago and they said they had a great meal, and a great experience.

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