What is a Trattoria?

From Wikipedia: A trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria. There are generally no printed menus, the service is casual, wine is sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, prices are low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. The food is modest but plentiful (mostly following regional and local recipes) and in some instances is even served family-style (i.e. at common tables).


Trattorias that are faithful to this stereotype have become fewer in the last 20 years and many have adopted some (or several) of the trappings of restaurants, with just one or two "concessions" to the old rustic and familiar style.

When Toscano Restaurant in Lakeway opened, our vision was to take the classic style and make it fit the Texas Hill Country. Lakeway is the perfect place to feel like family. Our steady regulars after the last two years are a testament to the need for a community hangout in the area. We are pleased to bring this unique Italian spirit to you and your friends and family. Thank you to all our local supporters and please remember to invite new friends and family to try us out! 

Summer Lakeway Events

The Lakeway Movies in the Park and Dive-In Movies at the pool series are back in action for the summer. Join us for dinner and make the 8:45 start time! Details here.

The World of Tennis and Fitness in Lakeway is in the midst of a major renovation and rebranding effort in a bid to attract what a regional vice president for the facility’s ownership group said is what the fitness lifestyle consumer is looking for today.

We love our community! Whether you're a family headed to the movies or a tennis pro, we hope you stop in and tell us all about it! 

Traveling The Real Italy – The Lake District

One of the most stunningly beautiful parts of Northern Italy is the Lake District, anchored by Lakes Maggiore, Como and Garda.  Here the Italian Alps drop precipitously into long deep blue glacial lakes, dotted with picturesque towns linked by dramatic roads and ferries.  Less frequented by American travelers, the area has long been a destination for the rich and famous, is the inspiration for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and has been featured in many Hollywood movies.

              Fly into Milan’s Malpensa airport for easy access to the autostrada and the hour-long trip to Lake Como and the town of Como is at its southern tip.  Settle into the Italian way of life and stroll the waterfront promenade stopping for coffee, gelato, drinks and dinner.  For impressive views, take the funicular (railway) to Brunate, 500 meters above the lake and hike even higher to the lighthouse beyond.

              For getting around Lago di Como, you can drive or take buses, stopping at the many small towns strategically located along the shoreline.  But better is to board one of the frequent ferries for never ending views of the fabulous villas and flowering mountainsides along the shoreline.  The “pearl” of the lake is town of Bellagio, dramatically situated on a peninsular that divides the lake into its three arms.  Five star accommodations, restaurants, cafes and luxury shopping line the hilly cobblestone streets.  Check out the elegant Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, tour the gardens of Villa Melzi, and watch the sunset from Hotel Villa Fiore.

              A short ferry ride away is the beautiful, less crowded town of Varenna.  Visit or stay at Villa Monastero.  Also in the central lake area, don’t miss Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo for art and gardens and Villa Balbaniello in Lenno that provided a lakeside retreat in Star Wars and for James Bond and Vesper in Casino Royale.   These spectacular properties are expensive to stay at but are a great place to have lunch or a glass of wine in a spectacular setting.  More moderate accommodations can be found throughout the region, especially if you can avoid the busy summer season.  Lake Maggiore to the West and Lake Garda to the East offer similar experiences and are close to the famous wine regions of Piedmont and the Veneto.

              If you love shopping, the wealthy city of Milan is Italy’s fashion and industrial capital and home to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ll, the world’s oldest shopping mall with its towering iron and glass ceiling.  Nearby and linked by a large open plaza is the spectacular Gothic Cathedral, Duomo di Milano.

              Italy is so varied has much to offer.  Slow down, take it a piece at a time and be rewarded by letting the real Italy find you!


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