With its dark awning and candlelit interior, BeviAmo, though somewhat hidden, stands out among Little Italy's trove of pasta palaces as the
to-be-scene hotspot and perfect first-date pick.
The wine bar attracts all folks on the wine-fan spectrum, from oenophiles who can tell which year the grapes were picked to UIC students with a taste for cabernet instead of Miller Lite. Its Moroccan-inspired decor includes velvet curtains, lavish seating, exposed brick and ceiling draperies. Eclectic pieces of local art hang throughout the space, and colorful ceramic light fixtures suspend over the mosaic-tiled bar.
While BeviAmo stocks wine from all over the world, its selection from lesser-known vineyards makes it an exceptional spot to sample. The helpful staff welcomes questions from guests who feel intimidated by the extensive wine list (80 by the bottle and 40 by the glass). True wine fanatics can buy a wine club membership for a one-time fee, which gives them discounted admittance to weekly tastings and their own personalized glass. Still, wine's not the only beverage listed on the easy-to-read menu. Bartenders can whip up other drinks from the full bar, and regulars know that martinis come in second place here. A small menu of cheese plates and desserts is available, too.
There's no better soundtrack for enjoying a glass of wine than live piano music, and during the weekends, that's exactly what you'll hear. You might also get to enjoy other styles of live music or poetry readings, all of which set a relaxed atmosphere. But even a place this serene livens up nightly with a live DJ spinning tunes.
Centerstage Reviewer: Janis Mabalay