Allow me introduce you to our favorite little Italian spot just outside of Austin, Trattoria Lisina. We discovered this vineyard and restaurant last fall after several friends had raved about their visits, and we've already been back. It's less than an hour outside of Austin and is a little taste of Europe tucked away in the hill country. Let me take you on a tour of one of my favorite spots!
There is a winery on site where you can take a tour on Saturdays. They walk you through the process of creating and bottling their wines. You can then visit the tasting room for a sampling of their wines.
There are beautiful gardens in front of Trattoria Lisina that overlook the vineyards. The gardens weren't even in full bloom during our fall visit, but it was still a peaceful place to sit on a bench by the fountain and enjoy the architecture and landscape.
Trattoria Lisina has a huge patio that overlooks the garden. In the summer months, they remove the glass windows and it transforms into an open air patio where you can dine alfresco. No matter what season you visit, the patio is a lovely place to enjoy your meal.
The menu is authentic Italian and the best Italian fare I've had anywhere in the Austin area. The fresh herbed bread is fabulous and their oil dipping sauce is the best I've had. (I asked during our last visit what they add into their oil because I would love to try to replicate it at home. They add finely chopped fresh oregano, garlic, parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper. It is so flavorful!) I would highly recommend the lasagna...it's my favorite!
This is the dining room. If you take a seat at the bar, you can watch the chefs in action. There is also a gelato case if you'd like something sweet to finish off your meal.
This quickly became one of our favorite places to escape to for a leisurely drive through the hill country and a wonderful Italian meal in a location that feels far from Austin and decidedly more like a day trip to the European countryside. There is such beauty tucked behind those gates! If you have never visited and live anywhere near Austin, you should definitely plan a time to enjoy it yourself. I hope you enjoyed the little tour!