Tuscany in the Texas Hill Country

Trattoria Lisina – Tuscany in the Texas Hill Country
“Le selle la notte sono grandi e luminose nel cuone profodo del Texas.”*

Good Morning Sweet Friends,

I wanted to share with you today about a lovely restaurant  we have here in the Texas Hill Country … Trattoria Lisina.  My family and I recently celebrated my birthday here enjoying a delicious Sunday dinner in a most delightful setting.

Over the last ten years or so, many new restaurants and wineries  have popped all over the Hill Country and Trattoria Lisina and the adjacent Duchman Winery standout as real stars.

Costolette di Agnello alla Griglia
Texas grass fed lamb chops grilled over oak & pecan, with a reduced balsamic glaze, peperonata & Parmigiano garlic mashed potatoes.  Absolutely delicious!

My Handsome Husband

“Thank you for the wonderful birthday celebration, Honey!  I love you soooooooooo much!!”

Ben with his Grandparents (My Folks)

My Beautiful and Sweet Mom (she’s 87!…shhhh don’t tell anyone) along with my Dad…you’d never guess that dapper cowboy is a former New Yorker!

Grandma and Ben heading over a lovely little bridge that leads to the winery.  I love to see how sweetly Ben walks with his grandmother arm in arm.  Hard to believe he is already close to a head taller than her!

The Vineyard

If you have the chance to visit the Texas Hill Country someday…and I hope you will…be sure to put this restaurant on your list as a must visit.  You’ll be glad you did. :-)


*And if you haven’t already guessed … “Le selle la notte sono grandi e luminose nel cuone profodo del Texas” translates…”The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.” ;-)   This sweet verse from the famous song – extolling the beauty of the Texas night sky – is written on the placemats at Trattoria Lisina.


  1. familyceo says:

    Lovely post! I am so happy you’re back. It seems I just discovered your blog and then you were gone. But I know you had a peaceful Lent and beautiful Easter. And happy belated birthday too! – Julie

    • Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Julie,

      Happy Easter to you too! And thank you for the birthday wishes…how did I get to be in my mid-50’s already! LOL!!! Looking forward to catching up.

      Much love to you,

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