The Piazza at Schmidts is painstakingly modeled after those in Rome, from its cobblestone walkways, to its array of inherently Italian boutiques like Toothless Cat Gallery, Bambi, and Gene's Urban Baby...so enjoy those cobblestones. Bringing a real slice of Italy, Vino.
A multi-tiered, plank-oak-floored, 140-seat eatery (with outdoor seating for 60) at the Piazza's northern tip, Vino's outfitted with a wine/cream dining room with butcher block tables and textured leather chairs, two leather-couched lounges, and a 20-seat bar with a pastiched overhang of old wine crates, all classily menaced by blown-up photos of the owner's Old World family. Foodwise, paninis like mascarpone & prosciutto and grilled steak & funghe (porcini mushroom) sit alongside inventive brick oven pizzas (broccoli rabe & roast pork; "Chianti" w/ prosciutto, arugula, & chianti balsamic reduction), but the main focus is "Aperitivis" like prosciutto-wrapped grilled figs stuffed w/ blue cheese, peppered filet in raspberry vinaigrette, ravioli w/ portobello and cremini in white truffle sauce, and clams with chorizo in vermouth (for clam-tini, spill gin). The full bar's complemented by 30 bottled beers (Duvel, Moretti La Rossa, Peroni, Westmalle...), plus 50 mostly Italian wines and a selection of dessert grappas and ports, including Dow's 10 Year, whose 20% ABV should comfort those reeling from the S&P Five Year.
A rear offshoot of the bar offers glimpses of the wood-fired brick oven and the by-hand pizza process, and features an antipasti bar with peppers, cheeses, olives, and meats from a myriad of animals -- if you can't find the one you're looking for, there's always Bambi.