Lisa Waterman Gray
By Lisa Waterman Gray
The patio at Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas is the perfect spot for people watching. And when it’s chilly, the small brick fire pits combat the cold, while the indoor dining rooms offer a relaxing ambience. The inside sports antique brick, vintage lighting, and deep, rich paint colors. But the environment isn’t the only draw.
The restaurant’s happy hour features tapas, such as spinach artichoke dip with crunchy pita chips, chorizo-stuffed dates, white bean hummus, sausage-stuffed mushroom caps, and more. Bella Vino’s menu also focuses on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients whenever possible with entrees that include gourmet mac ’n’ cheese, seasonal risotto, and pasta with chicken Parmesan or spicy meatballs.
The wine list is just as good as the food, too. The expansive list features wine from around the world, almost every variety of grape, and more than thirty choices that are available by the glass. Plus, the specialty wine flights feature three pours within a certain theme, such as Bella’s bold bombshells. With a small but varied menu and a large selection of wine and spirits, Bella Vino offers tasty and casual hospitality in a historic neighborhood.