Driftwood, TX 78619-9274
A few weeks ago my friend Kasie flew all the way down from Seattle to visit me. We decided the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon would be to drive out to the Hill Country with my family and have a wonderful meal at Trattoria Lisina the restaurant at the Mandola Estates winery. I'll spare you a full review, since I've already reviewed it, here. I gave it an 8, and after this meal, I still stand by my assessment.
We first enjoyed a fine bottle (or two) or Riparosse a Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo. It was full bodied with fruity hints of blackberry and cherry. It is a great wine for a table of low level wine connoisseurs (not that we are, but I'm noting for any of you who happen to bring your wine ignorant family for a nice day in the Hill Country).
The ciabatta and dipping oil was so tasty. I had to keep myself from eating too many!
The bruschetta trio. There was one with dried cherry and; pear mostarda and prosciutto, one with wilted arugula and Gorgonzola, and one with cannellini bean puree with pancetta and pickled shallots sauteed mushrooms with taleggio. All were tasty, but the cherry and pear was the best.
The Antipasto Misto. Always a good start to a family meal. Who can turn down meat!?
The Fettuccine con Prosciutto e Funghi. This was probably the best dish of the evening. You should definitely try it if you're out there - even if it doesn't look like much.
The best side dish of the night, the Aspargi Gratinati. This asparagus was incredible; perfectly charred and cheesy.
My ravioli di giorno. I forget what exactly was in it, but I know it had lingua!
The Capesante al Giovanni. Pan seared scallops in a cheesy polenta.
The risotto special of the day:
The Melanzane pizza with fontina, mozzarella, feta and Romano cheeses, topped with roasted eggplant, tomato, black olives and onion.