So, you’re from the Big City and you miss great Italian food? Looking for a great ‘date night’ location in the sticks of East Texas? Give Taste of Italy a try in Hawkins, Texas.
You’ll probably need to pull out your GPS to get there, but Taste of Italy by the Lake is worth the drive. They have a tremendous menu that rivals big chain restaurants and each entree could easily serve two people. My wife went with her tradtional favorite, Fettuccine Alfredo, and it was creamy and delicious. I had the Chicken Cacciatore which was unbelievably rich with the right amount of peppers, garlic, onions, and sauce. Service is excellent and downright friendly, making Taste of Italy a great place for dining-for-two, a family get-together, or even a company dinner.
Taste of Italy sits directly alongside Lake Hawkins (thus, the “by the Lake” distinction) and features live entertainment on the weekends. And if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out their sister restaurant in Mineola. Reservations are not required at either location, but recommended if you are planning to eat during dining “prime time.”
Taste of Italy by the Lake:
2448 County Road 3440
Hawkins, TX 75765-5041
Taste of Italy, Mineola, TX:
113 East Commerce Street
Mineola, TX 75773-2047