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[A cheese and charcuterie board includes prosciutto di Parma, Zingerman's goat cheese, Hook's 12-year cheddar, Volpi pepperoni, truffle mousse pate, whole grain mustard and currant jelly at Vintage 53, located at 162 S. First St. in St. Charles.]
ST. CHARLES – A relaxed yet sophisticated wine bar with tempting edibles has called St. Charles home since late March. Vintage 53 is the creation of first-time restaurateur Mario Grado.
The St. Charles resident said he has enjoyed the learning experience, even the nuts-and-bolt accounting.
"Overall, it's exactly what I was expecting to get into," Grado said. "It's been great so far."
His vision for Vintage 53 has been to offer a carefully curated collection of wines all available by the glass, as well as the bottle.