Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas Serves Spanish & Italian Cuisine In St. Charles

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The fried asparagus salad is filled with artichoke hearts, spinach, arugula, shreds of carrot, orange, mozzarella, fried artichoke vinaigrette and saffron aioli.

Owners Ashley Morrison and Jackie Miller, long-time restaurant-industry veterans (their résumés include Aqua Vin, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Busch’s Grove) wanted to create a warm and comfortable space, and they nailed it. Bella Vino is located in a converted two-story house. An outdoor fireplace and rustic wrought-iron furniture greet diners as they walk up the brick stairs to the front door, and inside the place is tiny — tight, in fact — with tables placed close together around the fireplace in what was once someone’s living room. The place made me feel like I was on a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Bella Vino.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.

Published on February 18, 2014