Perhaps it’s unseemly to say that for amazing Tapas—a word referring to small plates and snacks that derives from the Spanish language—one should visit the Italian restaurant Vinoteca Poscol. Specializing in “small Italian bites” and wine, this restaurant is truly one-of-a-kind.

A Little History

The restaurant is named after its chef’s hometown street in Italy, Poscolle. In Italian, the word Poscolle means “after the hill.” While the word “vinoteca” doesn’t have a direct translation into English, it typically refers to a wine cellar or wine rack. This restaurant is the third one to be opened by this specific owner, and offers—you guessed it—a lot of wine options.

Fill Your Glass…

The wine list at Vioteca Poscol is constantly changing, one of the many exciting features of the restaurant. However, if you visit the establishment, they specifically recommend trying either the ca ed’ balos, langhe favorita or the conterno fantino, barbera d’ alba to drink. (Don’t worry; we don’t know how to pronounce them, either).

…and Your Stomach

In addition to sampling at least one of Vinoteca Poscol’s wines, it’s also highly recommended that you try a few of their scrumptious plates. Designed to accompany the wine, any of the salami’s are recommended, particularly the prosciutto cotto; an egg salad and asparagus finger sandwich; the enoki mushrooms; the baby octopus with cannellini beans; or the Sicilian barbeque pork ribs. If none of these sound appetizing to you, don’t give up hope quite yet; there’s also a fair amount of pastas, bruschetta, regional cheeses, and vegetables to choose from.

A Daily Happy Hour

The most welcoming thing about this restaurant?  Its happy hour. Running daily from the hours of 5 to 7, the happy hour prices are $1 cicchetti, $2 for a half glass of wine, $4 for a full glass of wine, and only $3 for a beer.

If you can’t make the happy hour, there are still plenty of delicious options available. Don’t forget to take a gander at the daily specials that are advertised via blackboard.

Ideal Atmosphere

Okay, so far this article has focused nearly entirely on the wine and the food, but the atmosphere is worth mentioning as well. Intimate and cozy, Vinoteca Poscol is the perfect place for a social event with friends or a family gathering.

While this place is excellent for more romantic diners or small groups, reservations are only taken for groups of six or more, and can be difficult to accommodate due to the small space. However, if you’re okay cozying up to the person next to you, the ambiance and edibles are worth the squeeze.

Closed on Mondays but open from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on other weekdays and Sundays (11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays), this restaurant is perfect for those who want to try a variety of foods rather than limiting themselves to one large entrée, love wine, and are adventurous enough to try something new and out of the ordinary.