In the words of PUNCH magazine, one of the nation’s leading wine and spirits publications, “Dolce Vita [in Houston] rises above the rest thanks to the influence of wine director Nathan Smith [above], who’s curated an exclusively Italian list with lots of classics and affordable esoterica. Though meant to pair with Dolce’s Neopolitan pizza and low-key trattoria fare, the wines—in tandem with consistent food—make this place so much more than just a pizza joint.”

Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini has been on the road “working the market,” as they say in the American wine trade. And Wednesday night found him at Dolce Vita in Houston, where Nathan Smith runs one of the most ambitious Italian wine programs in the country.

Whether a tasting flight of seven Lambrusco or the biggest collection of macerated white wines from Friuli; whether obscure grape varieties from Piedmont or cult wines from Tuscany… Nathan has got it.

What’s more impressive about his thrilling, stellar list is that many of his wines are sourced especially by him from out-of-state. In many cases, he is the only one to carry the wines in Texas.

This is simply one of the best Italian wine lists in the U.S. right now and Barone Pizzini is extremely proud to be a part of it.

Nathan is also an accomplished jazz musician, a sax player, and he’s a great resource for the best places to hear music in the Bayou City. Silvano would know. He’s been on a late-night jazz hunt with Nathan.

Cheers, brother! We love what you do and we are glad that someone in Houston is really pushing the envelope on what Italian is and can be in Houston!

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