Trattoria Toscano

Thank you, Toscano, for inviting me out to try your food! While I did receive some complimentary treats, all opinions are my own. Now, let’s get to it!

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Located in The Oaks, Trattoria Toscano Restaurant is Lakeway’s very own Italian eatery. The interior was designed, built, and furnished by a husband and wife team. I was really struck by the paintings the wife had done. Their size, colors, and mastery are really exceptional. While the exterior has a more industrial look, the interior is clearly Tuscan-inspired. The mix of brick, wood, and natural light creates a wonderfully inviting ambiance. The bar area is huge, featuring two large TVs and a truly talented bartender.

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Toscano boasts one of the best happy hours in the area and I would agree.  If you’re really into wine, Tuesday is Vino night and select bottles are available for $15. Monday – Friday they have a list of eight different appetizers and select wines that are $5. We tried two drinks: the Pink Negroni, which is garnished with tarragon, and the Blackberry Fizz. I really liked the Blackberry Fizz. It had a delicious blackberry flavor but wasn’t overly sweet or sugary. My mom was a huge fan of the Pink Negroni. She said the tarragon really set the whole drink off.
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The menu at Toscano ranges from inspired Tuscan cuisine to traditional favorites, so there’s really something for everyone to enjoy. We tried the artichoke pesto appetizer. It had large pieces of asparagus and parmesan that really impacted the taste in a wonderful way. I could not get enough of those large parmesan cheese pieces!

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I’m pretty basic when it comes to Italian food, so I stuck with the Fettuccine Ragubeef bolognese, freshly grown herbs, and parmesan, on fettuccine pasta. There were huge chunks of delicious meat mixed with the plentiful sauce. I even took some home and reheated it the next day for lunch – still good!

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My mom got one of the dinner specials – the Crespelle Florentine, which is oven-baked manicotti stuffed with spinach, ricotta, and herbs, topped with pomodoro and mozzarella. My mom was pretty impressed with the portion size – it was overflowing in the dish!
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For dessert, we tried the Crema Cioccolato – bittersweet dark chocolate mousse with whipped cream and fruit. It had little bits of chocolate mixed in as well.
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Overall, I’d say this is a pretty underrated restaurant in Lakeway. With their fantastic happy hour, I’d be there all the time. Maybe after, say, a round of golf? The $5 food and drink selection rival the happy hour of popular east side establishments like Salty Sow. It’s pretty awesome to be able to sit down and order a variety of food and drinks for $5 a piece – especially if you have a table full of people.

Another thing that stood out to me is their flight options. They offer the traditional beer flights, but also have whiskey and scotch flights. That’s awesome! If you have family in town, take them out for a nice, local, Italian dinner with some fun drink options.
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