Marco Wiles

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    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    Our 2013 Best of HoustonĀ® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

    I'm what one might call a wine bar aficionado. I hit up spots for vino around town a lot. I usually go out around dinner time, though, and I find myself in an unfortunate predicament. I'm buzzed and starving, and the only food on the menu is a dainty $25 artisan meat and cheese platter. I get that ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

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    November 27, 2013

    Wine Insider: Pricing extremes, good and bad, at Marco Wiles' Dolce Vita and Vinoteca Poscol

    In October, when Eating Our Words published "Houston's 10 Best Destinations for Wine," a number of readers complained in the comment section that none of Marco Wiles' restaurants had been included (his Da Marco was excluded, as were all "trophy wine" destinations; see the intro to the post for the e ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

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    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

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    August 26, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    There are a lot of things Houstonians hate. Humidity. Bad barbecue. The city of Dallas. But there are few more contentious topics in the Bayou City than valet parking. When I first moved here, the whole valet situation was confusing to me. We're not New York City. We do have parking spaces here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    First Look at Pistolero's, Mexican Pop Cuisine Restaurant and Newest Addition to an Empire

    Shawn Bermudez has slowly and steadily amassed a small real estate empire along Lower Westheimer to rival that of longtime restaurateur Marco Wiles and recent upstart Bobby Heugel. Wiles owns three spots, Heugel four. But Bermudez -- he now owns five. In addition to Pistolero's, a tacos and tequila ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

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    April 23, 2013

    Have a Friend Who Hates Broccoli and Anchovies? Take Them to Vinoteca Poscol

    Maybe it's the contrarian in me -- the endless debater who loves a good, healthy, productive argument -- but there are few things that bring me more pleasure in this world than finding a food someone claims to hate and then finding or making an amazing dish with that food, turning that hate into lov ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

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    January 31, 2013

    Houston's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants: Start Planning Your Valentine's Day Dinner Now

    In case you hadn't heard, Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year. And in next week's print edition, our own Christina Uticone will have a round-up of all the Valentine's Day dinner deals and special menus you can shake a dozen roses at. This is not that round-up. There are 10 types of people ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 pizzas.

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    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 19, Truffled Egg Toast at Dolce Vita

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Cuchara Slices Up a Soft Opening and the Gift Horse Lounge Opens Its Mouth

    It's been a busy week, so straight to the dish: Cuchara, the Montrose restaurant at the corner of Taft and Fairview that's been under construction since February, is set to have its soft opening this coming Sunday. I peeked in one afternoon this week and saw an open, semi-industrial dining room with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Making the Most of Main Street

    It was a week full of news items, both big and small, starting with the big news that Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland has leased the old Stella Sola space in the Heights. He plans to open a second location of his steakhouse in the spot after it's remodeled, after which he'll serve a ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Happy Hour Menus

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of HoustonĀ® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. I look f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Sammy's Wild Game Grill: Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

    Photos by Troy FieldsAt Sammy's, you can eat your dogs inside or on the patio -- or even grab them from a drive-thru to-go.​In this week's cafe review of Sammy's Wild Game Grill, the new wild game hot dog-and-hamburger spot off Washington, we examine the idea that all artists borrow -- and the ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Cordua of Americas, On His Role as Executive Chef and Favorite Eats Around Town

    Photo by Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Cordua, in the kitchen at Americas River Oaks​Yesterday, we talked to Executive Chef David Cordua, of The Cordua Group, about growing up in the kitchen and culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. You can read about it here. Today we'll talk to him about what he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Favorite Three: Pizza Places

    Photo by Kevin ShalinSimone on Sunset's Smoked Duck Pizza​Picking a favorite pizza place is a hot-button topic. Let's see which places showed up on our lists. John Kiely 1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca 2. Russo's Coal-Fired New York Pizzeria 3. Pizza Hut John's Take: The worst pizza I've ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​The closure of Dolce Vita in the Woodlands after only a matter of months prompted some serious discussion on the food blog earlier this week. Does Marco Wiles hate the suburbs? That's unlikely, and taking it a bit far. But the idea that not every concept is a fit for every market is a well-es ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Marco Wiles abruptly closed his new location of Dolce Vita in the Woodlands, and Katharine Shilcutt wrote about it, opening a floodgate of emotion on pizza, foodies, the suburbs and artichokes. (Have we mentioned we love you guys?) Albert Nurick, who often writes about Woodlands restaurants o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Marco Wiles Divorces the Woodlands: Dolce Vita Closed

    Photo by Tam Vo​Last month, Marco Wiles told me over lunch how frustrated he had become with clientele at his satellite Dolce Vita location in the Woodlands at 1701 Lake Robbins Drive. Customers were coming in and leaving as soon as they saw that Wiles didn't have Bud Light on draft. They were ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars

    Photo by Troy FieldsYou can even get a helluva guanciale cheeseburger at Plonk.​Today's Houston Press Deal of the Day (oh, you don't know what those are? sign up; they're seriously fantastic) is for 50 percent off at Boheme, a little wine bar in Montrose that also serves up cappuccinos and bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Social Media Folks, Caffe Bello and Fun Times

    ​Organized by frequent EOW commenter, foodie, tweeter extraordinaire and website developer who counts the Vallone enterprise as one of his clients, Albert Nurick (aka @htownchowdown) gathered lots of tweet-happy, food-loving Houstonians for a meal at Caffe Bello last night. The conversation fl ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Poetry, Phoenicia-style.​Of the two hotly anticipated projects from the Tcholakian family that have been in the works, the smaller of the two has finally opened in west Houston: Phoenicia Coffee House and Deli (12151 Westheimer), in the same center as the giant Phoenicia market. The downtown i ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    First Look at Caffe Bello

    Papparedelle and mixed seafood linguine at Caffe Bello.​Tony Vallone has officially invaded Lower Westheimer. The Montrose dining scene has long been a bastion of quirky restaurants -- whether upscale or ultra-casual -- and seeing an old-school, old guard River Oaks restaurateur like Tony Val ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​When you're done voting in this year's Houston Press Music Awards, head over to the new and improved 2010 Houston Culinary Awards from My Table Magazine. You'll find a whole host of new categories in which to cast your vote in a section called Houston Foodie Star awards. The usual suspects li ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's a little bit insane to try and narrow down all of the food options in the Montrose area to a "top 10." This list, as with all others, is personal and also imperfect. Such an exercise will surely lead to impassioned protests of "How could you be so stupid as to have missed _____?" and insults of ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #24 Pasta with White Truffles at Da Marco

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Dolce Vita Open For Lunch

    Dolce Vita's fantastic roasted beets with horseradish and walnuts​After four years, Dolce Vita (500 Westheimer) has finally expanded its hours. This casual wine bar and pizzeria has been feeding the hip Montrose crowd since January 2006 -- but never for weekday lunch. "We had a lot of requests ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Plat de Charcuterie, Chez Moi

    ​Chris Shepherd does his own charcuterie at Catalan. I love his salami. David Grossman does his own charcuterie at Branch Water Tavern too. Don't miss his chicken liver mousse. Marco Wiles calls it salumi at his salumeria, Poscol. I have sampled products from each and been quite impressed. Bu ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Pasta with Truffles, a Bargain at $110 a Bowl

    ​I split a bowl of pasta topped with huge slices of a white Alba truffles with a lunchmate at Da Marco over the holidays. A bowl of tagliatelle and truffles goes for $125 at dinner. It's only $110 at lunch, so we paid a mere $55 each for the ethereal experience. The flavor is like nothing else ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009

    Lingering Over the Linguine

    Lynette Hawkins's new wine bar Giacomo's Cibo e Vino captures the Italian spirit of drinking, eating and hanging around.

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    July 1, 2009

    Moules Marinieres et Frites: Memories of Cafe Montrose

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCatherine Duwez rushed through the doors of Sophia nearly an hour late. She carried boxes and bags of food with her, and although she looked eminently stressed, she still glowed with the passion of a restaurant proprietress who has entered her domain. A round of ap ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 11, 2009

    Big Flavors, Little Tables

    Marco Wiles expands his Westheimer restaurant empire with another great Italian joint.

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    June 11, 2009

    Cafe: What's a Salumeria?

    Photo by Luiz CastroPoscol, Marco Wiles's fabulous new Italian joint on Westheimer, is the subject of this week's Cafe review. While I raved about the food I ate there, I also whined about the cured meats. Wiles calls the place an enoteca (wine bar) and salumeria (cured meat shop). But if you have e ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    February 15, 2009

    Montrose Makes Way for Vinoteca Poscol

    The rumors flew when beloved Belgian restaurant Cafe Montrose closed late last year after Hurricane Ike.  Patrons hungry for their fix of moules, frites and Chimay were baffled when they pulled into the parking lot one day to find it "temporarily closed."  The confusion grew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Squeeze Play: Texas Valley Lemons

    I always buy a sack of Valley lemons along with my red grapefruit on the way home from the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the citrus season. The not very tart lemons are wonderful to cook with. But I was never quite clear on the botanical details. "Valley lemons are a cross between a lemon and an or ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    May 23, 2008

    Jon Paul Lands at Landry's

    It seems everyone in Houston is familiar with Jon Paul. The popular restaurant world figure made his name as a host at Tony's, then worked as a consultant for Marco Wiles (Da Marco and Dolce Vita), then for Sabor, which is no more. After that, he joined Polo Becerra (Polo's, Post Oak Grill). And ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2007

    On Top of Spaghetti

    At Antonio's Flying Pizza, we ponder what cheese pizzas and cheese enchiladas have in common

  • Dining

    February 23, 2006

    How Sweet It Is

    Marco Wiles is knocking them dead with his new casual pizzeria in Montrose

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    September 25, 2003
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    August 28, 2003

    Blooming Onions

    One ring to fool them all, or at least the Chron

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    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Love at First Bite

    Da Marco woos one over drinks, seduces with menu

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