Marco Wiles’ salumi-and-wine bar offers a casual dining experience carefully distinguished from its sibling Dolce Vita Pizzeria further down Westheimer. They both offer intelligently chosen Italian wines and a laid-back vibe, along with modular menus that lend themselves to grazing or assembling a full meal. But Poscol leans toward house-made sausages and terrines, such as a mosaic of Texas pheasant threaded with black truffle; a testa of cheek meat bound by savory gelatin; or thin, mild sheets of tongue. Mix and match these delicacies with wonderful vegetable options like braised cardoons or julienned celery root with a snowfall of fresh horseradish. Baked pastas and risottos (try the one with a butternut squash and crisped chicken liver) round out the menu. Look for such daily specials as pan-fried fresh sardines or the culty suckling pig served on Sunday nights.
Entree price range: $$$
Where: 1609 Westheimer