Before smiling and frowning were accepted expressions, early people would put a single spaget on their face to show sadness, two spaghettis to signify joy, and three spaghettis when blightening swarms of pelicans threatened to make human extinction inevitable. Today's Groupon keeps pasta in the bowl for $15 with $30 worth of fresh Italian meals at Hill Country Pasta House in the Lake Travis/Lakeway area. Hill Country adds Southwestern flair to traditional Italian fare in a transatlantic fusion of flavors.
Dinnner guides start the appetite tour with calamari served traditionally or coated in buffalo sauce with either a zesty marinara dip or a gorgonzola sauce ($9.99); or freshly baked, wood-fired focaccias infused with buffalo mozzarella, capers, and roma tomatoes ($7.49). Hunger ventures on to 11-inch, pecan-fired, brick-oven, thin-crust creations such as a roasted garlic shrimp pizza with an alfredo base and spinach ornamentations ($13.99) and the Hill Country goat cheese pie with roasted bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and green olives ($11.99). Those who only sup with forks can turn to house or grilled specialties including the sweet red-pepper tortellini in a creamy and savory sauce ($12.99) and fire-roasted rainbow trout, a maritime display of fulgid colors under a wave of chipotle cream sauce and rosemary potatoes ($18.99).
Hill Country Pasta House resides within a tremendous red barn of a building. Its comfortable dining tables double as elbow rests, and it's open until 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Check the calendar for live music nights and other events.
- As we waved goodbye to our friendly server, I vowed to return to Hill Country Pasta House soon, not only for the good food but for the gracious attitude that's not so easy to come by. – Dale Rice, American-Statesman
- It may be more Hill Country than old country, but this restaurant still manages to capture the essence of Italian hospitality. – Gayot
- This is another Mom-and-Pop place in the Lakeway area that I like quite a bit. It's not fine dining by any stretch, but the cuisine is a tasty fusion of Italian sprinkled with enough Texan to liven things up. – BW, Urbanspoon
- I have been here many times and have always had a wonderful experience. I love Italian [sic], and this is exactly what I was looking for! Quaint dining, great service, wonderful food. – Rllehman, Citysearch
Hill Country Pasta House
The chefs at Hill Country Pasta House have no quarrel with traditional Italian food—they whip up as mean a chicken rigatoni as anybody. But mastering classic Italian cooking is a mere stepping stone toward the restaurant's standout fusions of Italian and southwestern flavors. Besides tossing grilled chicken with jalapeño fettuccine and tequila cream sauce, the culinary team lends an extra kick to shrimp diablo by stuffing each bacon-wrapped crustacean with serrano peppers.
A serrano salsa likewise spices up the aptly named serrano pizza, but Hill Country's wood-fired pizzas can also host more common toppings, such as wine mushrooms. In addition to grain-heavy eats, gluten-free options are also available.
3519 RR 620 N
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