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