Parsley and Pancetta Salad

Parsley and Pancetta Salad
Parsley and Pancetta Salad
Crisp, salty pancetta, earthy parsley, and lemon combine beautifully in this salad from Houston's Dolce Vita restaurant.Todd Coleman

I've been a regular at Dolce Vita, chef Marco Wiles's casual pizzeria in Houston, since it opened in 2005. I always get the parsley and pancetta salad: a mound of parsley leaves with Parmigiano-Reggiano, over which the server ladles hot, crispy pancetta and pancetta fat from a tiny copper pot. The tableside drama of pouring hot fat onto a green salad makes everybody swoon. —Monica Pope, T'afia, Houston

Pizzeria Dolce Vita
500 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
tel: 713/520-8222

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Correction: In the print version of this story, Monica Pope's restaurant T'afia was incorrectly identified as located in Austin. It is actually in Houston, Texas.