Those working in the CBD and Warehouse District still mourning the loss of A Mano have a new spot for antipasta and Italian wines with the arrival of Marcello’s Wine Bar and Bistro.
While the restaurant may appear to be an intimate affair from the street, stepping into the foyer reveals an elegant, expansive space filled with wine barrels and wine-themed décor. (It’s almost exactly what I imagine the setting of Billy Joel’s Scenes from an Italian Restaurant to look like.)
The decidedly Sicilian menu — which covers both lunch and dinner options — is heavy on seafood-based dishes, including a particularly interesting lobster panzanella with a citrus-Champagne vinaigrette and a crab and fennel salad with pine nuts, fried capers, and strawberries. Piccata sweet breads and a marrow appetizer with smoked sea salt are outstanding offal options as well for those less aquatically inclined.
While Marcello’s soft opening began last Monday, April 21, they wanted to give neighbors and those who work nearby some time to visit the space and get acquainted before announcing their opening. “We’ve had community members in and out over the past weekend, and they're really excited to have us in the neighborhood,” said manager Chris Curtis.
Marcello's Wine Bar and Bistro
715 St. Charles Ave.
Reservations available via Open Table.