February 18, 2014

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

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.
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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.
The fried asparagus salad is filled with artichoke hearts, spinach, arugula, shreds of carrot, orange, mozzarella, fried artichoke vinaigrette and saffron aioli.
Outside at St. Charles' Bella Vino.
Outside at St. Charles' Bella Vino.
Bella Vino offers an array of cocktails.
Bella Vino offers an array of cocktails.
Bella Vino's Spanish Scotch egg will debut at brunch on Sunday, March 2. It's made with chorizo and grain mustard sauce.
Bella Vino's Spanish Scotch egg will debut at brunch on Sunday, March 2. It's made with chorizo and grain mustard sauce.
Upstairs at Bella Vino.
Upstairs at Bella Vino.
This flatbread pizza is topped with spinach and artichokes and roasted mushrooms.
This flatbread pizza is topped with spinach and artichokes and roasted mushrooms.
Inside the first floor's back room at Bella Vino.
Inside the first floor's back room at Bella Vino.
Look for this breakfast skillet when Bella Vino rolls out brunch service on Sunday, March 2.
Look for this breakfast skillet when Bella Vino rolls out brunch service on Sunday, March 2.
Co-executive chefs Austin Hamblin and Michelle Allender in the Bella Vino kitchen.
Co-executive chefs Austin Hamblin and Michelle Allender in the Bella Vino kitchen.
Roger and his dog Murphy, sitting fireside.
Roger and his dog Murphy, sitting fireside.