Last night I stopped by Il Poeta to have a light dinner and asked Luca for a suggestion for a wine-by-the-glass... he recommended the Stella Italia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
It has a light to medium weight, with aromas of smoky cherries, and ripe strawberries with a toasted wood note on the palate. This is a perfect illustration of "less is more"... it's simplicity and fresh acidity are what makes this a really sturdy everyday table wine. Paired with a penne pasta, peas and salmon in a light tomato sauce, it was a match that really worked for me. I believe this one retails for about $8.