Giacomo’s, the casual Italian spot on Westheimer near Kirby, truly understands that wine is an integral part of the Italian dining experience. Very nicely, it provides a well-chosen selection of appealing, food-friendly wines appropriate for the cooking and the locale, and, maybe most importantly, it does so in an affordable fashion. At Giacomo’s, you can find a wine that is priced in line with the menu offerings and can be assured that you have not been subjected to a 500% markup over wholesale like at some local restaurants.
Giacomo’s offers about seventy wines currently ranging from $22 to $107 per bottle, skewed toward the more inexpensive bottlings. The average price is about $37, but nearly two-thirds are $32 and under. This includes a number of choices for $22 and $27 per bottle; two dozen, in fact. The wine list at Giacomo’s sports a very heavy Italian accent among the choices, which is a good thing, but there are also French, Spanish and New World wines, too.
Among the agreeably priced finds on the current list are:
- Toffoli Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, $27 – A prosecco from the more prestigious Conegliano Valdobbiane appellation
- Monmousseau Vouvray, $22
- Pala I Fiori Vermentino, $27 – Approachable Sardinian Vermintinos work especially well with fish and grilled vegetables.
- Sartarelli Tralivio Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, $27 – A solid white from the very underrated appellation in Marche.
- Allegrini Valpolicella, $22
- Cantine Colosi Nero D'Avola $27
- Norante "Ramitello" $32 – A blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico from the top producer in the Molise region
And the food is pretty good, too. Giacomo’s is a favorite of several Italian and Italian-American friends who enjoy the well-executed pan-Italian fare. And, that they can complement it with a nice wine that will not put too much stress on the check.
3215 Westheimer (between Kirby and Echo), 77098, (713) 522-1934 giacomosciboevino.com