The Italian restaurant divino has been around for a dozen years and is located on a fairly busy street near other attractions, but it is often overlooked. This is probably due, in part, to the fact that the restaurant is not terribly ambitious. It can still be a very enjoyable place to dine, though; the food is good. I have been a fan since soon after divino opened when I used to meet friends for a glass of wine or two. It has long been on the radar of a fair portion of local wine lovers with its excellent, focused wine list, heavy on Italian bottles.
The wine list at divino is especially well-edited, extremely fairly priced and food-friendly, and it offers a number of unique and interesting wines. The list is mostly Old World, almost 90%, and Italy makes up two-thirds of the selections. Nicely, these are far from rote. There is much more than just Chianti and Barolo and Barbaresco. These three names comprise just a half-dozen choices, in fact. Instead, there is Lagrein, Carignano del Sulcis, Kerner, Grignolino, and a couple first-rate wines from Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi – one of Italy very best appellations for white wines – including one with a bit of botrytis, and a Sicilian wine fermented in ancient-style terracotta amphoras; offbeat selections that can work well with much of the food. And, these wines are eminently affordable.
divino currently has eighty-one full-sized bottles on their list ranging in price from $28 to $130, with a median price of just $56, and an average of just about the same. They offer thirty-five bottles for under $50. Of the several wines I checked, divino’s markup ranged from just 50% to 150% from the average retail price. The twenty-one wines by glass run from $8 to $12.50, which is very inexpensive among quality local restaurants these days.
Divino is a neat place, especially if you enjoy wine.
1830 West Alabama (between Hazard and Woodhead), 77098
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