Tuesday, July 7, 2009

That's Italian

As an Italian girl, I'm pretty particular about Italian restaurants. The best ones remind me of the comfort of family and the delicious meals served in my grandmother's kitchen in Queens, New York. The Hill Country Pasta House is such a restaurant. In fact, when my very Italian family came to visit, I took them to the Pasta House and they loved it. So do I!

The menu offers a combination of traditional favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and wood-fired brick oven pizza, with salads, grilled steaks, chicken and seafood for those watching their carbs. For more variety, a southwestern flare is infused in dishes like Tequila Chicken, Baked Portobello and Ancho Pecan Chicken. Your children can choose traditional kid fare like mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, pasta and pizza or try the grilled chicken or salmon. There really is something for everyone served here.

While the food alone makes this restaurant worthy of spending some of those dwindling dining-out dollars, it is the warm, comfortable atmosphere and friendly environment that will make it one of your favorite places for a family meal. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is family friendly...without feeling like your eating in a kid's play park.

There's one more thing I want you to know about the Pasta House. They are terrific members of the community. In addition to catering many events around town, they have sponsored a cooking school for elementary aged children through LTISD. This year, my soon to be fifth grader attended and absolutely loved it! The kids not only learned to cook, but to serve and to work together. The camp was topped off by a lovely lunch served by the students. Brian and his staff took the time to note something special about each child and share that with the families.

The Hill Country Pasta House has been a part of this community for 18 years and with all the growth in the area, it is sometimes easy to by pass the tried and true. So if it has been a while since you have been, make it a point to go. With daily lunch specials, Sunday Brunch, family dinners to go and wonderful events for adults and children, you will love spending some time in a warm and wonderful Italian home...The Hill Country Pasta House.

For more information, check out their website www.hillcountrypasta.com.