Small, family owned restaurants pepper the Italian countryside, each offering a unique take on the regional cuisine. Recipes unchanged for generations, wine flowing freely- these casual, rustic eateries are filled with energy, alive with the sounds of friends and family- sharing food and becoming more animated as the night and the wine progress. These restaurants truly represent the soul of Italy. A sincere love of family, friends, food and wine are the hallmarks of the trattoria. Damian & Trina Mandola bring these ideals to the Texas Hill Country with Trattoria Lisina. We invite you to join us in Driftwood for a taste of Italy right in your own backyard. Sit back, relax, enjoy.
Chef Michael McNeilly uses the finest ingredients to create a seasonal menu of Italian classics. Handmade pasta, house cured meats, sauces simmering for hours, fresh local produce arriving daily and seafood specialties- these are the labors of love that are found in the kitchen of Trattoria Lisina. Our friends are invited to take part in the action at the kitchen bar, a front row seat to Chef Michael's bustling line. Watch as hand stretched pizze are loaded into a wood burning oven, steaks are grilled over an open flame, and pasta is cooked to a perfect al dente. For those who like a little action with their lasagne, this is the best seat in the house.
The wine list at Trattoria Lisina is an evolving collection of fine Italian wines ranging from obscure varietals crafted by little known boutique wineries to our own Mandola wines lovingly created in the Italian tradition, to the powerhouse Brunellos and Barolos of Italy's most famous winemakers. Each and every bottle is carefully selected and special attention is given to finding unique wines while maintaining a list that is accessible and affordable. The staff is pleased to help you choose the very best compliment to your meal.