Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mandola Estate Winery and Trattoria Lisina

This past weekend, the Trophy Fiancee and I decided to head down to Driftwood, Texas to the Mandola Winery. If you live in central Texas, you know that this time of year is absolutely gorgeous so we had a beautiful drive down and back in the 'stang.

The winery itself is still relatively young, but it was a neat little trip. There is a 10 minute tour (yeah, TEN minutes) that shows you the basics of the winery and there is a tasting room. Five dollars lets you sample all of the wines they have. I didn't care for most of the wines they had, except the Canto Felice.

However, the reason to go there is Trattoria Lisina. This is the BEST italian restaurant I think I've ever been to. We each go a glass of the local wine (she got the Pinot Grigio, I got the Canto Felice) which was quite nice. The meal started off with a foccacia like bread brought to the table with some local olive oil that was out of this world.

We ordered Artichoke fritters as an appetizer. They were served with a tomato basil dip and another white dip that I don't recall the details of. These were so tender and mild as to almost taste like a high-quality fish dish.

The main course was Cannelloni which we split. We often split entrees so that we can get appetizers and dessert. The cream sause actually had a light and fluffy quality that few restaurants ever achieve.

Finally dessert was a Tiramisu that was absolutely wonderful.

With a glass of iced tea and a cappuccino, the entire meal was $55 even before tax.

For the quality of food you get here, it's well worth the price and the trip. If you are looking for a romantic date location, this is the place to go.

Now, tonight - Ruthie Foster at Blues on the Green!


Chris said...

Man, that place sounds good. Also as I get older i seem to be eating less, not for dieting purposes but I just can't pack it away like I used to. I will probably lose my fat kid card if I don't keep going to Red Lobster and continue to obliterate the crab population. I can destroy a pound of crab easy in a single sitting, more if you don't add the shrimp scampi and the lobster tail. All of which must be destroyed since sea crustaceans are evil, vile creatures that plan to take over the world.

Rachael Storm said...

Hey, I'm right there with you.

From Leviticus 11
*12 - Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

So, I say we must destroy them. I'll be sure to take a few of those shrimp off of your hands....